[1] hang this
up with
my other
you had
beter stop
at home
as long
as you can
make it
Make me
a fine [gar?]
[play?]. send
me the glory
you are writing

I send you a picture of Genral
Kearny perhaps the Bravest man
that ever was in this army
and many are the stroryes that his
men tell of him I have set
and lisend to squads of men telling
of his adventures and it was
interesting to observe the maner
in wich it was done but when
they came to the last one where
he wrode into one rebel regiment
and inquired what regiment
suposing it to be his own
he was told and ordered to
surender it was in the night
and he turned to leave
but his bod was ridled with
bulets and his body was sent
into our lines the next day
when they come to this you can
see the tears glisen in their eyes
and they speak low and faltering
[written on right margin]
[Tell?] sam not to wash the ring
[page 2]
He was a good hearted man
for he never would alow any one
to go before him when there was
great danger not even trusting his
aids his motto was to see for himself
and by this he was alone when he
lost his life They tell of his being
surounded in the night and
his wriding up to the picket
and asuming comand actuly
swung around the line giving
him a chance to take out his
troops you will perseave a
determained but sad exprestion
expression about his countinance
this expresion I observed about
all the old troops when we
joind the army I fancyed I
could tell one from ours when
I saw them and I have heard
many speak of the same thing
I do not know why the senes of
battle should give this charg but
I believe it is the case M.P. Larry

  1. Partial letter, ca. late 1862 (Gen Phillip Kearny was killed September 1, 1862). This line was written across top.
Date Note: 
Late 1862


Co. H, 17th Maine Infantry
Residence (County): 
Cumberland County, ME


Transcription/Proofing Info

Kelly Baker
Transcription Date: 
April, 2015
M. Ellis
Proof Date: 
May, 2016
Maine Historical Society: 761

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