Posted by Davey Gunn on December 11, 2000 at 20:17:25:
Fort Bedford at Raestown
Winter Quarters for the 77th Regt.
The feast of Friday past has taken it's toll on at least one of our group. The excellant meal consisted of Roasted Turkey with potatoes, onions, and carrots; Bread Stuffing with mushrooms and apples; Yams with walnuts and berrys; and several sweets and nut breads.
Our lads set upon the meal like wolves on a deer, which brought on strong words from The Captain. We then asked the forgiveness of the townsfolk for acting as savages and settled down to the pleasant feast before us. All went well for a time, until an unfortunate comment was made by one of the young Provincial lads about Malcolm's yellow wig. There began a scuffle which had to be stopped by the First Sergeant Campbell. Malcolm was scolded and told to curb his attitudes.
There was in attendance a tall black haired lass that is the barkeeps daughter. Not being married and of middle age, she is known to be somewhat of a flirt with the young lads of Raestown. She turned out to be Malcolm's second trap of the evening. Being Malcolm's brother, I know him only too well, and that he would never turn his head for such a wench. The trouble started due to the contrary. The lass, Pamela by name, tried to gain the attention of Malcolm, and when he paid her no mind, did start a ruckas for spite. She let it be known to a couple of the lads from the village that Malcolm tried to get her to go back to his cabin. They, being her usual victims, took offense to this intrusion, and Malcolm became the brunt of another assault. Malcolm was escorted back to his cabin by Pvt. Johnston and First Sergeant Campbell by orders of The Captain. Private Johnston was posted at the door to see that Brother Malcolm got into no more trouble for the remainder of the evening.
A few of the lads of the Regiment approached Captain Croy Saturday on the subject of Malcolm's promotion, but was not well received due to the two scuffles that took place the evening before. Johnston suggested we play a trick on the Tavern Wench for getting Malcolm in trouble, but we could not decide on a plan as yet. I am sure the lads will think of something, but 'tis a shame, for she is a handsome lass. If only Uncle Quasi were here; he would know what to do with her.
Davey Gunn, Pvt. 77th Regt. of Foote, Gren. Coy.
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