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1864 February 28: “The Capt. says that I shall have a commission”

February 28, 2014

The original letter is in the Jerry E. Flint Papers (River Falls Mss BN) at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, University Archives and Area Research Center.

Also included here because it is from the same day, is Jerry’s discharge so that he could re-enlist as a Veteran Volunteer.  Jerry’s discharge record, oddly, is in his brother’s papers, the Phineas C. Flint Papers (River Falls SC 42) at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, University Archives and Area Research Center.  Note the biographical information and physical description included.

Camp 4th Wis Cavalry
Baton Rouge La
Feb’y 28th 1864

Dear Mother,

                           I arrived safe and sound at this place at 3 o[‘]clock yesterday morning.  I immediately proceeded to go from tent to tent pulling the boys out of bed and telling them that they were attacked by the enemy.

It seems good to be here once more with the boys.  Indeed it seemed as though yesterday was the happiest day of my life.

I have not re-enlisted yet but shall do so tomorrow.  The Capt. says that I shall have a commission.  I care but little one way or the other.¹

We stopped at Memphis and took along the recruits that had been detained there.  Charley² was among the number.  Rossie³ has been here about two weeks and has already won for himself the respect of all the old soldiers of the Co.  I have heard the remark among their several lines, “That little Pratt makes a good soldier.”  I have spoken to the Capt. asking to have him made bugler.  I think he will get it.

Henry4 was highly delighted at seeing Charley.  They will make a good team.  Thirty-nine of the Company here enlisted and will be home on furlough as soon as the river opens.  At least such is their intention now.  I don’t believe I had better take one [a furlough] just now.  The weather is very warm and almost oppressive to one just from the cold north.  But still I do love this climate for it is really glorious.

White5 is here and doing his regular duty.  I have seene [sic] nothing out of the way with him.  Knowles5 says he has done firstrate ever since he has been here.  You must excuse me for not writing any more now as I have several other letters to write.  Thought I would just let you know that we came through all right.

Give my love to Grandmother and all friends

Your Boy, Jerry.

1.  This is different than Jerry’s last letter where he said he would not re-enlist unless he got a commission. Jerry won’t officially get his commission as 2nd lieutenant until May.
2.  Charles P. Nichols, from Hudson, was one of Jerry’s recruits, enlisting on October 23, 1863.
3.  Roswell V. Pratt, from River Falls, enlisted November 7, 1863. He will be promoted to Chief Bugler on July 14, 1864.
4.  William Henry Nichols, from Hudson, had been with Company G since April 21, 1861.
5.  Henry J. White, from Hudson, had been with Company G since November 1, 1861. “Doing his regular duty” refers to being with the Company rather than being in the regimental band.
6.  Sergeant Warren P. Knowles’ brother, Charles G. Knowles—both from from River Falls—was another one of Jerry’s recruits, enlisting on December 24, 1863.
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Jerry Flint letter of February 28, 1864, from the Jerry E. Flint Papers (River Falls Mss BN) at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls University Archives & Area Research Center

Jerry Flint letter of February 28, 1864, from the Jerry E. Flint Papers (River Falls Mss BN) at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls University Archives & Area Research Center

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Jerry Flint's 1864 discharge, from the Phineas C. Flint Papers (River Falls SC 24) at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls University Archives & Area Research Center

Jerry Flint’s 1864 discharge, from the Phineas C. Flint Papers (River Falls SC 24) at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls University Archives & Area Research Center

 

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