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Moses Lakeman at Gettysburg Transcript

Headquarters of the 3rd Maine Regt.
In the field, near Hagerstown, Md.
July 13, 1863

John L. Hodsdon
Adj’t. Gen. State of Maine

Dear Sir,
On account of our constant and hurried movement during the present campaign, I have been unable to make my report on the loss sustained but will take the earliest possible moment after the present emergency to inform you of our movements and losses during the entire campaign.

I would add that I am this day sending forward to the Kennebec Journal a list of our very severe loss in the engagement at Gettysburg, Pa. in order that friends of those who have fallen, and others …… suffered, may know the fate of their gallant sons , and husbands.

The list forwarded to the Journal is an accurate one, and has been revised to the present date.

I am proud to state that the Regiment, though very small, sustained its reputation as one of the best fighting regiments in the army. They were chosen to open the engagement on the left of the line on the 2nd inst. And the heroic daring displayed by them, when confronting ten times their number, is the source of universal admiration by the commanding General , and throughout the entire Corps, for myself, I cannot say too much in their praise.

I would also state that my regiment is now reduced to the strength of one company, having but 88 effective men, 11 pioneers, 6 field music, and 12 line officers, and having been constantly in the field should very much like an opportunity to recruit, which indulgence, according to the service we have done, I think I am fully entitled to and by your assistance can be brought about.

Very respectfully
Your ob’t serv’t.
M.B. Lakeman
Col. 3 Me Vols.