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PG said in May 5th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

where did you get that old 1859 article? This is a great and informative post. thanks

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Casual Passerby said in May 15th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Interesting clip indeed. However even in the part shown here, the letter-writer notes that the persons in uniform are “…guilty of indiscretions, to use a mild phrase.”

One wonders at the nature of these “indiscretions.” The first that come to mind involve either ardent spirits or ladies of questionable virtue, or both, but of course neither alcohol nor prostitution had been invented during the Civil War so those could not possibly be what he was talking about. :)

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sailerd said in May 30th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

The letter is from the New York Herald, which I accessed through 19th Century U.S. Newspapers (database requires a subscription)

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