Contributed by Fifth Maine Regiment Museum
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."
About This Item
- 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
- Object Type: Text
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Standardized Subject Headings
- United States. Army. Maine Infantry Regiment, 5th (1861-1864)
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
- French, John--Correspondence
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