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William Doughty Transcript

Harpswell Aug. 14th 1862
General Hodsdon,
Dear Sir,
Co. B Harpswell Militia having furnished the number of volunteers that would belong to it to furnish according to the number of men enrolled in the two Co’s and Co. A. having failed to do so and as it has never furnished any men previous to this call many of the members of my Co are rather uneasy about standing a draft for that Co.  We have also a large class who follow fishing as a business and many who never have followed the business before that are joining vessells for no other purpose but to escape the draft.  If you could inform me by mail whether my Co can get clear of the draft on the first call and also if I am to strike off the names of those who have joined fishing vessels and are now following that business. You would greatly oblige.
Yours Respectfully
William Doughty
Orderly Sergeant of Co. B. Harpswell Militia