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William Chapman Papers: Transcripts - MS 652
Mar.1. Rained hard all night with occasional dashes during the day, intermingled with sunshine. Lt. Booth has had the Co. out for inspection today for the first time in about 7 weeks.
2. Still at Benson Bridge. Have been to Frankfort today to carry official papers and to try and get transportation to Louisville for our Rebel prisoner Martin Cook, but the commandant of the post gave me but little satisfaction and this evening behold the rascal has escaped, accompanied by the guard, J.A. Better, who has thus proved himself the greater rascal of the two. We have sent out 8 scouts headed by Sol. Alcott to try and find them, but with little prospect of success. Our Regt. is still at Lexington with most of their tents. The large R.R. Bridge over the Ky. River is again in running order and I rode over tonight on the first trip.
3. Have worked at payrolls again today. Recd. letter from Fi informing me of the conversion of my highly esteemed friend and correspondence M.E. Sperry\r & that she has united with the M.E. Church.
4. Have put the finishing touches to our payrolls today. Sent letters to my wife and they "Elyria Democrat" and recd. letters from father, Aunt Em and Capt. Brady. The Capt. will probably be with us again tomorrow.
5. Harlan and I have been out for supper at Jack Elleston's, where we were treated to fried ham, warm biscuit and molasses, coffee and buttermilk. The Capt. has arrived, accompanied by Will Allen, a brother of our Sergeant.
7. Capt. Brady has been up to Lexington today to carry our payrolls to Regimental HeadQs.
8. Rainy weather and King Mud holds undisputed sway. Company inspection today by Capt. Brady.
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