Wednesday, November 14, 2012

1862 November 14 near New Baltimore, Va.

Camp Fifth Maine Regiment Near new Baltimore Va Nov 14th 1862

Dear Father--It gives me great pleasure to write you A few lines know
ing how anxious you & Mother are to know whether I am well, I am enjoying
the same good health but I am sorry to write to you that General Mclellan
who was beloved by the whole Army has been ordered to report at Trenton
New Jersey & General Burnside takes Command of the army I think it is the
worst thing that could be done & Maby they will have to call on him again
to save the Army & Maby Washington I wish you could hear the Officers Talk
about it & the men to you would think there had been a regular election & since
that order has been issued there has been many of the Officers that have sent in
thier resignation & say if McClellan cannot have the command they cannot
act as Officers, under any other Man & I do not blame them in the least can you
I am getting more & more discouraged every day thinking how they are doing the
Business when they have A good General they do not know it Just look at it &
see how General McClellan has stood the Abuses of those Nigger Talkers
such as John Andrews of Massachusetts he has had more to say McClellan
than any other man in the Country General mcClellan is the only man that
I think can command this Army & if he should have command tomorrow
& should go into Battle & meet with defeat the whole Army would have the
same confidence in him because they know that he is trying his best to close the war &
they have the confidence in him I will close t his by saying that Gen Washburn & Gen Howard was here
yesterday & Reviewed the Regiment give my love to Mother & all the folks I recd three letters from you last night dated Oct 29th Nov 3 & 4th & one from William 8th & Henry of the 9th & three Transcripts not signed forget I suppose being out of sorts

Letters of Joseph Leavitt of the 5th Maine and his brother George of the 5th New York were copied in a ledger by their father in the fall of 1865 as a remembrance of his sons both of whom died in the war. George fell at 2nd Bull Run and Joseph was mortally wounded at Spotsylvania

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