Posted by Sgt. Toot on March 22, 2000 at 20:46:26:
Dear Malcolm and Davey,
Hope this brief dispatch finds you both well. I have been so very busy these past weeks. My Capt. Busse has been sending out patrols between the Blue Mountain forts trying to keep a pulse on the enemy activity. Here on the plantation of Dietrich Six we have been stationed at a post now called Fort Henry. It is in the southern foothills of the Blue Mountains in the Tolihaio Gap. We are about halfway between the next western fort, Sweetara and the next eastern fort, Lebanon. We patrol these paths between each fort daily with little avail. The fort Lebanon sits on the northern side of the mountains at the forks of the Schuylkill. It is commanded by Capt. Morgan.
We have been on the move constantly, but I'm sure the 77th is in the same state of readiness that our battalion is. Col. Weiser is in charge of supplying this fort from his storehouse in Reading. We are still short on good arms and the shot and powder is always in short supply. I fear that some time we will we caught without and will be sadly unfortunate in our survival.
I hear that Seamus's friend young Timothy has sustained a severe hand injury. Praise be that he will survive. I feel sad for him because it takes 2 good hands to survive on this mad frontier. I have heard from one of our scouts, Caleb Miller that a frenchman by the name of M. du Ranck has been stirring the indians to a frenzy. Have you heard of such a man?
Major Parsons was here to inspect the fort and filed a good report to the Governor. It said in part,"The fort is very well built, the pallisades are spiked togeather at the top, the houses within are well covered with tyle and the whole is clean and well kept." I took pride in the report since I am responsible for the upkeep of this post.
I hear my Corporal Stolfi call for me so I will bid you well. I hope that we can all see each other again soon.
At Fort Henry
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