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Neal Dow Agitating About Sharpshooters Transcript

Portland
Oct. 24, 1861

Dear General,

Your kind note about servants, horses, forage, feed and pay is rec’d. I am very much obliged. Your patience must be equal to that of a steam boat captain who answers pleasantly ten thousand questions from ten thousand different people.

I wrote about the company of Sharpshooters now being raised at Augusta – and asked if it could be added to the 13th. The Gov. answered that it is promised to Col. Berdan. A company of Sharp Shooters – would do far better service, added to each Reg’t than they could if collected in Reg’ts and Brigades by themselves. A company of really crack marksmen would be very effective added to a Reg’t.

By the way, soldiers’ pants ought to be dark blue and not light blue.  The former is the Regulation, and as reviewed that the South will be dark, and there the men will be a mottled set about the legs.

My postage will be quite an item – Do I give that as well as my time and travelling expenses to the Government?

Very truly yours,

Neal Dow