• 5th Kansas Infantry LT. Writes Of Treason, Rebel Meetings, Putting Down Traitors, Innocent Citizens Being Killed

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    GEORGE W. McDIARMID enlisted on August 1, 1863 as a 1st Lieutenant and was commissioned into D Co. of the US CT 54th Infantry. He was promoted to Captain on April 1, 1865, and was mustered out on September 22, 1866.


    McDiarmid writes to his friend Charley on February 7th, 1863, Helena, Ark., 4 pp, 4 ¾ x 7 ¾.  “…No news from Vicksburg for the last week.  Large reinforcements passed this place a few days since to the army already concentrated…Offensive operations is expected to commence on that showy hold of rebeldom soon.


    “Treason is practically extinct west of the Mississippi River though the country is infected [with] guerillas who pillage and murder loyal citizens. Their procedures are barbarous in the extreme.


    “The Kansas 5th occupies the Out Post of the Army of the South West. Its duties consist principally of scouting.


    “Clearing the adjacent country of marauding bands who lurk around the Federal Army for the purpose of assaulting and capturing the picket guard and soldiers of an adventurous spirit who proceed each side of the lines.


    “…The health of the Army is good, the soldiers enthusiastic, divisions to make a speedy termination of the infamous rebellion.  All confidence is placed in the administration, it policy cordially adopted. No hesitancy to manifest by the army to make use of all means accessible – even the employment of the Negro – to crush the conspicuous demon of the south and exterminate treason wherever it may germinate.


    “The rebel meetings throughout the north appealed peace, democracy (the leaders of which speak treason) is universally denounced. Petitions are being sent to the different state legislatures asking that the right of suffrage be extended to the loyal citizens of the United States, the soldiering this accomplished and these…traitors will be forever quelled at the ballot box…”


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