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Henry Rust Transcript
Augusta 13th Dec 1861
Learning this evening through Maj. Dyer that it is your intention our Regiment should move early next week, I wish in behalf of Col. Dow & the Reg’t to represent: That as the measles have broken out in our camp, and the contagion commenced and first showed itself in the large arsenal building where some four hundred men were quartered, to subject the men to a change of climate & the necessary exposure involved in moving a Regiment at a time when the change of diet has given all more or less of a bilious derangement, is almost certain death or permanent disability to such as have the measles during or after our travel Southward. And inasmuch as the Government has no pressing need of our immediate service, and as the War Department has issued an order that Regiments must be filled to the maximum, even if some have to be disorganized to fill up others, it would seem to be expedient, setting aside motives of humanity, that we be allowed to recruit to the maximum before starting, which will involve at least a weeks additional time from date.
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