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Elizabeth C. Hallett Transcript (Re Jackson Van Buren Darling)

Bangor  May 26, 1862

John L. Hodgden;

Dear Sir,

I take the liberty to address you in behalf of my son. I called on Lawyer Peters: he said to me to state the case particularly, and say that he advised me to write to you, and if you could not do anything if you could direct me what way.

Jackson Van Buren Darling of Franklin, Me., joined the Cavalry in October, and went to Augusta  stoped there till the 8th of Feb.  he was hard of hearing, and has been since he was seven years of age (caused by the Scarlet fever) was not quite as much so the past summer, and being desirous to serve his country enlisted.  There were quite a number of others that would not have gone, but were willing to go when they found he was going.  When they came here I said to him, I did not think they would take him, as he was hard of hearing; one of them made the remark that he was going to ride by his side, and what he could not hear he would tell him, another remarked he could not hear the small guns he could the large ones, but during the winter, and being exposed he grew harder of hearing; when on drill he could not hear a word the Officers said and had to look around to see what the rest done so as to know how to act for that reason he would be behind, it broke up the ranks and the Officers took it for heedlessness, and would give him abusive language, as the rest of his comrades say, he was very sensitive, and wanting to do as well or better than the others, he left, and went to Canada.  I feel anxious that something may be done every one that knows him say that he might have got discharged.  I think he realized his situation also the treatment toward him, and if he asked for a discharge, and did not get it, he could not possibly get away. He was well satisfied, or rather liked his choice of going to help his country, instead of stoping at home, he found no fault, and tried to help them   he sent home, and got fifty dollars to let the soldiers have, as they were some three months without any money.  I can refer your to those that have always knows him.  John West of Franklin who has been in the Legislature a number of times, and James M. Blaisdell. They will give you any information that you want. I should be glad if he could be discharged and come home  he has no father, and is an only Son.  He has always laid near my heart.  I have buried my second husband of late, and would like to return to my own home and have his company if you could assure me that he would not be taken. I trust that you will be successful, and will endeavour to do the best you can for him. Please answer immediately.

Yours with respect,
Elizabeth C. Hallett