Transcription of a letter from Colonel Henry C. Lester of the 3rd Minnesota Regiment to Governor Ramsey regarding the activities of his regiment.
“Head Quarters 3rd Regt Minn Vol Camp Minnesota Nashville Tenn Mar 31, 1862
His Excy Alex Ramsey Governor of Minnesota
Sir- I have the honor herewith to transmit the acceptance of George M Bertram of the Commission sent him.
I take advantage of the opportunity to report to your Excy our situation and condition
We are a part of the 23rd Brigade composed of 9th Mich. 8th and 23rd Ky. 3rd Minn–a battery and company of cavalry. One regiment is stationed at Lebanon Tenn. (the 23rd) our own remains here temporarily and the remainder of the Brigade is at Murfreesboro. One company of my command is detailed daily for duty in the city, as guard at the Head Quarters of the Department and certain parts of the city. We are however in daily expectation of orders to move on to Murfreesboro to join on Brigade. It gives me pleasure to assure you that my regiment is in a fine state of discipline and efficiency and has a reputation every where both among soldiers and citizens for orderly and soldierly deportment which gives great pleasure to its officers and is creditable to the state
I think I may safely say that for real efficiency the Third will compare favorably with either of our State Regiments, while all the military men who have seen us give us the credit for being the best Regiment in the West.
The quarterly reports required by the Adjutant Gen. of the State will be promptly transmitted.
I have the honor to be, Governor Very respectfully Your obt servt
Henry C Lester Col [Cony] 3 Minn Vols”
Citation: March 31, 1862 Letter from Colonel Henry C. Lester, Letters Received–3rd Regiment. Minnesota: Governor: Ramsey. Records. Minnesota Historical Society. State Archives. Minnesota Historical Society.