Posted by wee John MacKay on September 18, 2000 at 20:34:54:
Angus says we are but a days walk from our resting spot at the Wheatfields. We have kept the flock moving from dawn til dusk these last few days. We have just crossed the Kiskiminetas River just north of Black Leg's Town and will soon climb the west side of the Chestnut Ridge. The Wheatfields are nestled between the Chestnut and Laurel ridges just off the Old Catawba Path. We will be close to Bracken's Mill for a couple days while the ewes "catch their breath"....as Angus says. It is only a couple days walk south from there....down the Catawba Path to your location on the Loyalhana Creek.
We have not spoken much of the sight we left on the Three Rivers. Our hearts are very low at the thought of all our cousins and breathern that still lay on the cold damp ground of that place. I must do something to avenge their loss. I now feel even stronger about coming back to the Regiment. My duty to my countrymen has not been fulfilled. I made a promise to God, my King, and the Regiment....and I have not kept it. It is now time to right that wrong. I did not intend to desert my Company, it was by accident that I was seperated from you. If I have the chance to rejoin the 77th at Loyalhana Creek.....I wish to do so.
I will await your answer........i know that you will have to speak with Captain Croy on my case. I know you have a way with words, and hope you succeed in finding the right ones to plead my situation.
John MacKay, private (?) of the 77th Grenadier Co.
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