Letter Written by Morgan Denegar on February 12, 1864
Febuary 13th [sic], 1864
Deare Sir. I write you thease few lines to informe you that I am confined in the garde house fore foragering a pass and going to Alexandria. I and John Hatten was not consurned in that pass. I told Hen Van Beuren fore to come with mee to his post and he would not. The Calvery men gave him the pass fore to go to Washington and I would not go and left them. We confess that we went down [to Alexandria] without a pass and we [will] take the punishment when we come from home. We have rein listed and we would like to go home with the rest of the boys. I wish you would get us home with the regiment if you can fore we would like to go very mutch fore our frends will feel very bad to see the rest of the regiment come home and we not thaire with them. I was one of the first men in our company that pout down his name fore to rein list. We feel very sorry fore what we have done and we will do better heareafter. Yours trouely,
John Hatten and
Hd. Qrs., 20th N.Y.S.M.
Brandy, Feby. 12, 1864
Respectfully forwarded. I have no reason to doubt the truth of Denegarís statement & as he & Hadden have both reenlisted I would respectfully recommend that they be released from arrest & tried if necessary after their return.
Theodore B. Gates
Hd. Qrs., Army of Potomac
Office Prov. Mar. Genl.
February 12th, 1864
Respectfully returned to Colonel Gates, 20th N.Y.S.M., disapproved.
By command of
Brig. Gen. Patrick
Capt., 14th Infty.
Morgan Denegar in the Civil War
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