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Henry H. Rice Transcript

Lewiston July the 28 1861
Gov. Washburn

Sir

I beg pardon for addressing you to day but duty to my Family compels so to do when the great  Rebellion broke out and Vol was called for I Enlisted in Biddeford Me in Co. B and we went to Portland where we remained until June 26th     I had leave of Absence for a few days not knowing when the Regt would leave   I did not get back until the Pay Master had left the ground     Co B was full so they put me in Co D and they told me when we got to N York that I should receive my Bounty of $22    I would here state that I have received my pay up to our time of leaving Portland     when we arrived in N York I was promised by Bounty when we should Arrive in Washington     when we got there it was put off until after the Battle of Bull run    then I was wounded in the foot and feeling the need of my Bounty I applied again and was sent to head quarters and was there told that I was not mustered into the Service and that they did not owe me anything    My Family was in want at home and I had lost my summers work so through the kindness of the Officers I got home again   Capt. Thompson told me he would State the case to you so I let it remaine until now     we started for home the Sixteenth of Sept   I was talking to a recruiting officer the other day    he told me to state the case to you    so now I have for more proof you can apply to Capt Thompson or Capt C.H. Small or Maj Hamilton    they all know me well and know the circumstances to which I have burdened you with to day     if it is not my just due and I was not in want I would never mention it   now please consider well the case for I never can feel so anxious to enlist again knowing as I do how I have been treated    pleas answer this as soon as convenient    hoping for justice I remain

Yours truly
Henry H. Rice