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William Tobey Transcript

Kittery Point
20th Mar. 1861

It becomes my duty as commanding officer of Company “B” Light Infantry of this place to inform you that the Company by vote of the members duly notified to appear at their Armory held on the 27th day of December last past voted to disband.

The arms were taken possession of and placed in the charge of the proper officers, and mean while I have been active in collecting in the equipments which were in hands of members of the Company.

They are all collected and in my possession subject to your orders.

I regret to inform you of such a result as it the result of no sudden disaffection or strife in our ranks, but the effect of gradual disinterestedness and neglect to maintain with efficiency the Company as it should be.

The changing nature of population naturally takes from a company many of those who first comprise it, and such has been the case here – all were needed to maintain intact, hence it may be no general detriment to the military cause to submit to the action of the Company as it is.       

Unless  when organized we can be soldier-like in all that relates to militia we had better not assume the name, under the form of organization.

 I am most respectfully
Your Obedient Servant
/s/ Wm.  L. Tobey

Adjt. Gen. Hodsdon
Augusta, Me.