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1863-02-26 Correspondence from Isabella Fogg (Maine Sanitary Commission) to G.W. Dyer regarding condition of 20th Maine Regiment soldiers (Fogg-F013-I001-P002.pdf)

are steps being taken to give this miscreant a situation in some other of our Maine Regiments, solely for the purpose of getting rid of an Officer so utterly void of all good principles. Of this, I was informed by a commissioned officer who had placed his name to the paper recommending him to the favorable notice of the Authorities of Maine, he added, however, that he did not read the Document lest his conscience might prevent his signing it, and further said, that he regretted very much now that he had done so, having learned so much more of his conduct recently. This Officer is none other than the Quartermaster, a more wicked, profane, cruel, unprincipled man, I think could not be found in the State of Maine.

You are aware, that there have been three movements made this winter, by the Army of the Potomac, first the battle of Fredericksburg, second, a reconnoisance in force, third, the last great failure to cross the river. Each time very many sick were left on the ground, and all the other Officers being needed with the Regiment, as a matter of course, this man was left in charge of the camp ground. Words [underlined] would be tame to describe the abuses these poor sufferers received at his hand, the heart sickens at the thought. Poor, sick men, scarcely able to walk, were dragged from their little shelter tents in a drenching rain to stand guard

Description: Letter from Isabella Fogg, founder of the Maine Sanitary Commission, to G.W. Dyer regarding the condition of soldiers from the 20th Maine Regiment, expressing her concern about maltreatment and abuse of the soldiers by an officer.

"I am aware that many would say that it is no part of the duty of a lady to interfere in these matters, but, if I know my duty, I think it is to look after the interests of our sick men and when I know them to be maltreated and abused I feel it a duty to make it known, more especially as I learn there are steps being taken to give this miscreant a situation in some other of our Maine Regiments, solely for the purpose of getting rid of an officer so utterly void of all good principles... This officer is none other than the Quartermaster, a more wicked, profane, cruel, unprincipled man I think could not be found in the State of Maine."

Link to document in Digital Maine

Language: English

Date: 2-26-1863

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