Farewell to Fort Carlisle!

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Posted by Cpl. MacWilliam on March 19, 2000 at 20:35:46:

Cousin Seamus,

Although we would wait for you longer, Colonel Bouquet has ordered that we leave for Fort Morris in the morning. It should only be a day's journey for the troops, possibly longer for the baggage. However, I do have good news of your father, Quasi.

Last evening, Brother Gunn and I talked with Uncle Quasi at the local tavern. He can be quite shy with male company, I believe because of his odd looks. He did, once again, have a beautiful lass on each arm. Such giggling and pinching I have not seen since I left Scotland! Your father talked with us for several hours as we quaffed several mugs of ale. Your father has asked us to pledge not to mention to you his adventures here in the colony. He awaits for you to arrive in Carlisle so he can tell you all and welcome you as a father does a prodigal son. I asked him about Uncle Angus. Your father rolled his eyes, made whirling gestures with his hands beside his head and exclaimed, "Pax Aye, Pax Aye! My brother will protect you on your journey!" That is all he would say of Uncle Angus.

Good news. I have heard from Many Flags and Three Tales. Sign Talker stumbled into the Fort early this morning with not a stitch on his body but a breechclout and moccasins. He carried only a tomahawk and a bag of coins. It seems that he sold all that he had to Flags and Tales for the coins. He is a shrewd one, that Sign Talker. He has already set up a corner of the Fort as a sutler's area to buy more goods from our soldiers. But, it will be cut short with our move south. He tells us that Flags and Tales are moving west from Berks County then south and may be taking a route through York to reach Fort Frederick. Tales stayed several days with his wife and Flags has been romancing a parson's daughter. Your know what they say about that kind!

Pvt. Johnson is eager to get on the trail. His lowland nose cannot stand the stench of so many troops put close together in this Fort. Ah, here comes the 1st Sgt. to give us orders. I do not believe it will be a restful evening. First Sgt. Campbell's wife, Mistress Campbell, has baggage which needs packed and loaded onto the carts. However she is one of the few females which travels with the 77th, and we are happy to have her company and nursing care. The lads will do just about anything to keep her spirits up.

Cousin, I once again apologize for moving on to Fort Morris without seeing you. However, I know that your reunion with your father will be sweet. Stay not long with Uncle Quasi but continue south to Fort Morris thence on to Loudoun. Brother Gunn and I with several of the lads will await you there to hurry on to Fort Frederick in aid of the Patuxents.

God Save the King!

Malcolm A. MacWilliam, 77th Reg't of Foot, Grenadier Company

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