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Eugene Hale Transcript (Re Asa Turner)

Ellsworth  2d Oct. 1865

Dear General

In the dark days of 1862 you remember we had a draft for 9 mos men.

I recollect that we had some bother about fixing details for the draft but finally got it, as we thought, sure & lawful.

I have no doubt it was -

In Brooklin in this Co. was a man named Asa Turner.

He was an old seed boisterous copperhead - and he had two sons who were snarling young gosling copperheads - and both these sons were drafted - and both refused to report for examination.

And Benj Miller Sergeant by commission from Genl Butler (not Ben but Jim) wrote to you in Sept. about the 25th telling you how he was stuck and asking for instructions.

In answer you told him Sept. 29, 1862 to go ahead as he was right and fetch the young rascals to Camp John Pope in Bangor.

Miller started to get the boys but was met by the old man who resisted them in word at least & by menacing conduct & they seized him & took him to Augusta where they say that you approved the doings, paid their bill, clapped them on the shoulder & told them it was all right.   Then you took Turner & sent him to Portland & had him kept there 3 weeks & when he came out his last state was worse than his first.

Now Turner has sued Miller & all his posse & claims 4 or 5000 dollars.

I defend & must get the men off somehow & to do it must show all of the authority under which they acted.

I shall need your deposition & will be glad if you will run the matter over in your mind and let me know what you can recollect.

I shall also need copies of all the orders & proclamations bearing upon the matter and they may be best annexed to your depositions.

It wont do to have this old secessionist who did all he could to destroy our government, get any money now by an appeal to the laws which he tried to break up.

Very truly yours
Eugene Hale

Genl JL Hodsdon