Witham letter urging Charles Cole to join army, 1862Item 68015 info
Sebago Historical Society
In another letter, written in 1862 from Washington, D.C., Witham described Capt. George Leppein's strictness about cleanliness, especially soldiers keeping their teeth clean.
Leppein gave each soldier a toothbrush, and threatened them with knapsack drill if they did not keep their teeth clean.
Witham wrote that he had been swimming in the east branch of the Potomac two or three times.