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January 5, 1862

Title

January 5, 1862

Subject

Letter from Ale DeBland, Major Commanding, to Lt. James P. Smith, Aide-De-Camp, dated January 5, 1863, Headquarters of the 8th Louisiana. Informs Lt. Smith that the regiment is sending $458.00 for the relief of people left homeless by the battle of Fredericksburg. In ink on blue-line paper. Bottom missing, entire letter badly faded.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - EMINENT FIGURE ASSOCIATION: Smith, J.P.
UNIT ASSOCIATION: 8th LA Infantry

-Information provided by the courtesy of the National Park Service

Description

Head qt. 8th La. Reg
January 5, 1862

Lieut James R Smith, A.D.C.

Lieutenant,

I herewith transmit to you $458 amount subscribed by our Regt for the relief of the sufferers at Fredericksburg. It is very little, we know and we regret it, but ______ as we were at the commencement of the winter, and having had to purchase at the most extravagant prices, indispensable articles of clothing, we could not do more. Humble as it is, accept our contribution, accept it as of least as evidence that the sons of Louisiana deeply sympathize with those who suffer in the noble, the [chivalric], ____ dishonored itself by the unruly and criminal distribution of property, the insult which, to avenge their affront and regular defeat, they have been heaped upon the defenseless children and defenseless mothers of those who have so regularly defeated them. The day is not distant when the world history and the honest men of the North will chastise the leaders of a Government which, under the sting of a pitiful spirit has [taught,], [counseled] & justified the [raping] and murder _______ by its dispicable ______ by them who most certainly were robbers, ______ and murderers, before they had degraded the ______ and ______ of the soldier.

Very respectfully,
yr Obd. Srt.
Ale De Bland
Major C'ing 8 La. Hdqrts

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Creator

Ale DeBland

Date

January 5, 1862

Files

Collection

Citation

Ale DeBland, “January 5, 1862,” Slaughter-Murray Papers, accessed February 22, 2024, http://slaughtermurray.umwhistory.org/items/show/76.