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Adelbert B. Twitchell Transcript
Head Quarters 5th Me. Battery
I rec’d your Circular in regard to the Veteran Troops to be raised in Me. yesterday on my return to the Battery.
I notice that there is to be one Battery of Veteran Vol. Artillery – Is it presuming in me to ask for the command of this Battery?
Of course I should have to be discharged from service but there are good grounds, I think, for my resignation being accepted, viz: that I am not entirely fit for active duty at present; and not long since, the Battery was reduced to a four gun Battery, consequent to a lack of men – the guns I presume, may be restored to us should the company be filled to maximum strength as prescribed by regulations.
At this time the company does not need five officers and though I desire to have the command of a Batt’y chiefly for my own advantage & advancement I also have in mind the good of other officers & non-comm. officers in this company which would come to them by my resignation.
I am here now as a duty, but I cannot serve under Stevens willingly nor pleasantly after his conduct & after what has passed. I doubt not I might obtain an honorable discharge could I have encouragement that the command of the Veteran Battery would be given to me. Your former kindness and your interest in my affairs embolden me to ask for your continued favor and assistance in this matter.
I find the Battery in good condition. Lt. Whittier has had command since the first day’s engagement at Gettysburg, with the assistance of one Com. Officer, Lt. Carr of 2nd M, Battery, since the fight.
His duties have been arduous and trying and I am told by officers of the Artillery Brigade of the 1st Corps that he has gained great credit for himself & the Battery. He will forward the monthly returns tomorrow.
With many thanks for your favors,
Gen’l John L. Hodsdon
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