Joseph P. French Transcript
Oct. 11, 1861
H.M. Plaisted Esq.
I have noticed that you are an enlisting officer in the City. Now I wish to inquire if you think it probable that I could get a Commissioner in some Company now enlisting in Bangor. I have a very strong disposition to go into the Army. Am so full of war that I can not give my attention and energies to the interests if my Charge. I feel the stirrings of the military elements of my nature. I do not quite like to go as a private. But if I could have a Commission, either a lieutenancy of Captaincy, I will go and help crush out this most wicked rebellion which now threatens the existence of our Government. I am sound able bodied and tough. Know not why I should not enlist as well as anyone else. What think you of my prospect for a Commission? And what is the proper course to pursue? By answering these queries you will much oblige me.
Yours for the Stars & Stripes forever
Joseph P. French