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John French letter to brother, 1862

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John French writes to his brother from Camp Franklin, Virginia. He mentions a case of smallpox in his regiment and describes army discipline, at one point saying that thieves are punished by being stood on a barrel "with a 32 pound ball suspended to his neck by a chain."

French also assures his brother that he is staying out of trouble while in the army (he was 22 years old): "I neither drink rum nor gamble nor steal."

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  • Title: John French letter to brother, 1862
  • Creator: French, John
  • Creation Date: 1862-01-25
  • Subject Date: 1862-01-25
  • Town: Albion
  • County: Fairfax, Kennebec
  • State: ME, VA
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Collection: Fifth Maine Regiment Museum
  • Object Type: Text

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