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This letter, also written by "Sumter," appeared in the TOLEDO DAILY HERALD & TIMES on May 14, 1861. It was written on May 10, also from Camp Taylor.
From Camp Taylor.
EDITOR HERALD & TIMES:--Dear Sir:
The telegraph has brought us the sad news that George Walbridge is dead. Although we were prepared to hear of his death--for all his friends knew he could not live long--the intelligence that the insidious disease which for some time has been stealthily, but rapidly wearing away his valuable life, had deprived Toledo of one of its best men, cast a gloom over a considerable portion of Camp Taylor.--Poor Walbridge--noble hearted George--he had many warm friends among the volunteers, and the news of his death saddened many hearts and moistened many eyes among the brave men who are called here by patriotism and duty. We were all prepared by previous reports of his failing condition, to hear the melancholy intelligence, but we hoped it would not come so soon. If his loss is felt as keenly at home as it is by a large circle of friends in the 14th Regiment, it will cause wide spread sorrow among your people.
The man who made war speeches, wore a military cap, volunteered and patched up an excuse for backing out to stay at home to make sure of poor George's shroud will be after the Post Office again. In view of Walbridge's rapidly approaching dissolution, on Thursday last, "our worthy Congressman," who belongs to the same school of cowardly blowhards, with his pet candidate for the Post Office, started for Washington to secure the appointment of his man Friday as soon as he could ascertain that the breath had left the body of Walbridge. If the President appoints a man Post Master at Toledo who made a speech in the first war meeting, volunteered himself and then backed down, either to get the Post Office or because he is too cowardly to fight, I am much mistaken in Old Abe's appreciation of patriotism and pluck. Surely the President will not permit such a pretentious coward to be appointed to so responsible a position as Post Master at Toledo, in times of peril like the present. Such a result would be a burning shame, and I cannot believe that while the thrilling scenes of the past three weeks have brought out the patriotism of hundreds of good and true men now in Toledo, that a mere craven blusterer will be selected for so important a place. Surely the Administration will not offer such a premium for shrinking and skulking. Our spirits are good, and the anxiety of the men to get into active service remains unabated.
We are well cared for. Our provident Quarter Master, H. D. Kingsbury, looks after our interests at head quarters and sees that we have plenty to eat and good places to sleep. The Sheriff knows when the victuals are well cooked too, and he takes care that the boys of the 14th get their full share of all the good things of the camp. "Hank" is sound, and all the boys are delighted with his appointment.
The 21st Regiment, composed of volunteers from Wood, Ottawa, Sandusky, Hancock and Seneca counties, will unite with the 14th in recommending General Hill for Brigadier General. The Fort Meigs Rifles, Capt. Asher Cook, is very warmly in favor of Gen. Hill, and so is Gen. Norton. Gen. Jesse, will probably be chosen Colonel of the 21st Regiment. A truer or better man could not be selected.
The Guards hold an election for Capt. to-morrow, to fill the vacancy occasioned by Kingsbury's appointment as Quarter Master. Lieutenant S. B. Moe, who is a gentleman and a soldier, the idol of his company, will undoubtedly be chosen unanimously.
W. F. Stopford, a good boy and every inch a soldier, who is now filling the post of Adjutant, temporarily, will I think, succeed Moe, as first Lieutenant. Stopford has done himself much credit in his present position.
Este is a brick, a universal favorite with officers and privates. He has been unremitting in his labors to improve himself and every body else in the Regiment, but his influence has been most felt in his efforts to make the men comfortable.
Paul, with his "rich brogue, and great big heart, has the good opinion of every body. I need say nothing about his qualities, as a soldier. His courage is written on his face.
We had another shower to-day, commencing about day-light and continuing till noon. The weather has been shocking ever since we came to this camp. --We have confidence, however, that it will stop raining some time. Our regiment has a daily dress parade, when the water is not more than six inches deep in camp.
Many of our Toledo friends have honored us with a visit, and I assure you it does all the boys good to see them. Their visits satisfy us that we have a place in the affections of the citizens of Toledo.
We will advise you as soon as any change is made in our position. There is a good deal of sickness, but we are thankful that it is all mild. There are but two serious cases within my knowledge, among the 2800 in camp.
Yours in the cause,
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