Posted by Seamus on March 22, 2000 at 12:54:18:
In Reply to: From Ft. Henry posted by Sgt. Toot on March 22, 2000 at 08:23:38:
: It has been some time since I had the chance to compose a dispatch to you since my time on patrol has been increasing every day. I pray that you are well.
: I heard from one of our scouts,Elden by name, that your friend Timothy suffered a severe hand injury. Praise be that he is still alive. The scout told me of a Mr. Getz perhaps making a lefthanded rifle for Timothy. I have heard of Mr. Getz, he does fine work although I hear he is somewhat footloose if you know what I mean. I pray for Timothy's recovery.
: Our commanding officer, Capt. Christian Busse is a fine man. He was highly reccomended by Col. Weiser to Gov. Morris and received his commision from him. Our Lt. is Andreas Engel, who however is being sent to Ft. Franklin to command. I hear Col. Weiser's son, Samuel will take his place. Our Ensign is Jacob Kern. I feel these men our very capable of leading us into battle if be. Also Capt. Busse is a doctor from Reading so he tends to our needs in that regard.
: I am getting ready to leave with Ensign Kern and 10 men to travel to Hunter's Fort to check their situation. I will be back in a few days time. I also must get a dispatch to our old friends, Malcolm, Davey and William.
: Please keep well my friend
: and regards to the lass, Nancy.
: At Ft. Henry,
: Sgt. Toot
: God save the King!
My dear Sgt. Toot--
I have been wondering if you had come among the missing, as I had no intelligence from you in awhile. I am glad to receive your recent dispatch, and to know that you are, indeed, well, but busy. Things here are quite tenuous at the moment. There are reported French and Indian scouting parties on the West Branch, and I suspect we will be on alert soon.
Nancy, the dark-haired lass is well, thank you, and she sends her regards to you. Young Timothy, alas, will not be able to join the Regiment, now that his hand has been severely maimed. He is disappointed, but at the same time, sees Divine Intervention in his misfortune. I am thankful that he was not killed, as can happen in a mishap like that, as you know well. His spirits are good, and is anxious to get back to learning the craft of the scout, even moreso than before. Johann Getz assured me that a left-handed rifle-gun can be built, but suggested he fire a normal rifle-gun, only left-handed. This is OK, but it has some potential problems associated with it....cast-off, flash coming at you instead of away, sight alignment, and so on. We will try it, but I think Timothy will want a left-handed rifle-gun.
I met Capt. Busse at Tulpehocken, agree that he is a fine man. If the Commissioners will stay out of military affairs, he will do exceptionally well. You well know how those Quakers are when it comes to the military.
Here comes Col. Burd's aide, Capt. Jamison. I think he is going to want me and Rangers Kuhns and Ranck to go on a scout. From the set of his jaw I can see he means business. Funny how one can read these officers after awhile!
My best to Col. Weiser, Major Ritchie, and the others. Has anything been heard from Private Cawley, or is he listed as a deserter now?
Your friend and comrade in arms,
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