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Frederick Speed Transcript

Ship Island, Miss. *Marked: Confidential
May 3rd, 1862


The 12th Leave this morning for New Orleans – Col. Shepley and staff go with them. It is understood that Col. S. is to be Provost Martial of N. O. Col. Nickerson commands this post.

The 13th, 14th and 15th, 7th Vt. and six companies of the 8th N.H. are all the troops left on the Island, all the rest have either gone, or are on ship board and will go today to New Orleans, and in a few days more all the rest except two Regiments for guard will go. As Col. Dow does not stand as a lamb of Butler and the 15th are upside down you may guess who stays behind.

Maine gets nothing from Butler – the glory of the secret expedition” will not fall to her lot.

Through the exertions of Col. Shepley we have at least succeeded in getting the prospect of some new clothing for our almost naked Rgt – a third of our men have no pants and not one tenth have whole ones.

Lt. Blossom Co. G. has resigned as you will see by the return, and Sergeant Jordan has been designated to fill the vacancy. Jordan is a good man and will make a tip-top officer, but I am sorry that Col. Dow did not name Lt. Ham and give Jordan a 2nd Lieutenancy – Ham is one of our very best officers in every way and should have a Captaincy.

These remarks enclosed from time to time are not intended for preservation and are intended to meet your request for something informal

I am still in charge of Co I. Is Archer coming out?

Very truly,