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Charles D. Gilmore Transcript

General Court Martial Rooms
467 14th Street
Washington, D. C.
July 5, 1864

Gen’l John L. Hodsdon
Adj. General of State of Maine

Dear General,

I returned from Annapolis last evening where I had been to spend Sunday & the 4th with General Chamberlain. His wound is a very severe one and a very dangerous one, the surgeons are by no means certain of saving his life. The ball passed through the lower part of his abdomen and severed the urethra so near the bladder that by no artificial means can all the urine be conducted from the bladder without some of it escaping and passing out through the wound at the opening, which is on the right side of the right leg, two inches below the hip joint. It is feared that ulcers will form in the abdomen & terminate his life.

I took his Commission as Brigadier General from Sec’y of State Stanton to him, together with a copy of a resolve passed through the Senate, confirming his appointment ‘for meritorious & gallant service while leading his brigade in a charge made on the enemy’s works near Petersburg, Virginia June 18, 1864.’

He had earned this promotion long ago; he has been a most gallant and worthy officer and the State of Maine should be proud to own him as one of her sons.

He directed me to write Governor Cony that he cheerfully recommended the following promotions to be made in the 20th Maine.

Lt. Col. C. D. Gilmore for Colonel
Maj. Ellis Spear for Lt. Colonel
Captain Walter B. Morrill of Co. B for Major. 

I have written General C. to ask some of his surgeons to communicate his wishes to Governor Cony. I shall write no other person in relation to my own promotion and trust you will see no injustice is done me. I do not think there can or will be any other person thought of for the place, when I am commissioned, if you will send it to me here , it will enable me to get off the duty I am now on and return to the field.

I have the honor to be
Respectfully your
Ob’t Servant,
Charles D. Gilmore