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William Latham Candler

Papers, 1861-63, Ms1997-007

October 23, 1861; letter written from camp Union Bladensburg, MD

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Camp Union
Bladensburg Oct. 23 1861

My dear Brother
We are off at last, just my luck, if they had only put this off a week I should have seen a lot of my friends. However military is but obedience. It is now 12 at night, three hours ago we received orders, and in four hours we start, bag, baggage + tents. If I am not much mistaken for, Port Tobacco, we don't go by rail, nor do we go thro' Wash. therefore I conclude P.T. and Acquir Creek - I am greatly disappointed at not seeing you, but it can't be helped. An hour or so ago I received orders, assigning me to the command of Co. C. (True Blues). I shall have hard work as I have no

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I have no Lieut. I can have the Captaincy of the company if I want it, but have not as yet decided that I want it. I want a staff appointment rather than a Captaincy. Don't say anything about the Captaincy. Write as usual, letters will all be sent over. Love to Mother + U.C.
Your Aff Bro

Charlie and Ned are in good spirits but we are all sick slightly.

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