Ward H. Lamon to Abraham Lincoln, August 23, 1861

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    Ward H. Lamon to Abraham Lincoln, August 23, 1861, Williamsport, MD, Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress, http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/alhtml/malhome.html.
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    Transcribed by the Lincoln Studies Center, Knox College, Galesburg, IL
    Adapted by Don Sailer, Dickinson College
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    The following transcript has been adapted from the Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress.

    Head Quarters
    Camp Lamon
    Williamsport Md--
    August 23rd 1861

    Dear Sir:

    I have just heard from Martinsburg, that there are about four hundred raw troops there, -- and about as many wagons; hauling the machinery from the machine shops there, to Winchester-- One Locomotive that they had not destroyed -- in the general destruction of the engines -- cars &c, there -- they attempted to day to haul to Winchester -- but got only two miles out of town when they broke down-- There is a guerrilla cavalry there numbering about 50 men under a man by name of Dougherty -- who are a terror to the Union men in Berkeley County-- By Monday night I expect to have in camp, six more companies -- and if the same state of things exist then, -- I will try to clean out Martinsburg -- purge it if possible, so it will have none of the unclean thing in it.--

    There has been great consternation among the people here, since last Sunday night they have been daily and nightly expecting the Rebels to cross here, into Maryland-- I think they have been unnecessarily alarmed-- Col Kenly is in command here, and I found on my return here that he had sent two of my companies some fifteen miles down the river -- to guard the fords-- He speaks very highly of my men, especially the cavalry. --My little preacher commands a Co. of Cavalry-- Col Kenly is a fine officer -- and is very vigilant-- I have an arrangement made by which I expect to hear from Martinsburg daily—

    So far as I am able to judge -- I believe that more than one half of the women in Maryland are secessionists-- I had a quarrel with one, a few days ago -- and I told her that I was well satisfied that Breach loading pieces were dangerous weapons in the hands of the Enemy-- -- She recoiled from me like a timid person would from the discharge of a Howitzer-- I think I satisfied her that I had little respect for an Enemy dressed in either pants or petticoats, -- I treat all alike--

    Very Respectfully
    Your Obt Servt
    Ward H Lamon

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