Dear someone at home,

Our brigade is encamped in southern Kentucky. Every single day, the men are awoken at 7 to start their duties. Work and drudgery for them the whole day long. Hmm. Guess it does them well. Wouldn't want to be them, though. I just oversee everything, hand out large punishments, and sit around and eat and drink to my heart's content. Ah, the joys of peacetime......

Yesterday, I had to hand out a rather cruel punishment to a soldier who stole from other soldiers- and he got away with it for over 3 months! he was tied to a wooden post, flogged, then branded with an "B" for burglar, and left to even worse work the next day.

Well, so long!

James Davis

Lieutenant Colonel

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