Letter from James M. Bowler to Lieutenant Governor Ignatius Donnelly regarding the movements of the 3rd Minnesota Regiment near Louisville, Kentucky.
“In camp near Louisville, Ky, March 16th, 1862.
My Dear Sir: Here goes again to pester you with my poor scribbling, which news be sent today or not for sometime to come, as the 3d Regt. will march tomorrow or next day, thereby precluding all correspondence by any of us until we get settled down somewhere for a day or two at least. We were relieved at Belmont last Sunday by the 11th Mich[igan]., pulled up stakes last Monday morning and stepped off with alacrity as the Bugle sounded Forward-March! at just 8 ½ o’clock A.M., arriving at Shepherdsville in just three hours after marching 9 miles in mud up to our knees almost. A company of the 11th Mich[igan]. marched with us to Shepherdsville. They thought we were “some” on marching; and well they might, for they were three days in moving from [Bardstown] to Belmont, a distance of only 18 miles. We encamped Monday night just one mile from Shepherdsville, where we were joined by companies B and E, which made up the whole of our Regt., it being the first time we have all been together since leaving Camp Jenkins in December. At Dress Parade that morning […]”
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Citation: March 16, 1862 Letter from James M. Bowler to Lieutenant Governor Ignatius Donnelly, Correspondence Jan-Mar. 1862. Ignatius Donnelly and family papers, 1812-1973. Minnesota Historical Society.