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Child of the Rebellion: West Virginia Sesquicentennial
Civil War Union Militia Correspondence

Augt 18th 1863
Coxs Mills W Va

FP Pierpoint adjt General

Dr Sir we have Recd Guns. They ware[sic] brough here by J,F,W, Holt. The guns appears to be a large number of them Guns which have been Couderued(?) Mr Holt Brought the Guns & gave Them Out. My men have not all got Guns & some have got Guns but no Ammunition Some got 10 rounds & Some 20, and Holt says there is no more Ammunition I do not Know who he has let have Guns but it is reported to me that Holt has placed Guns in the hands of men who have been in Camp Chase in That what Shall I do go and Take The Guns or not My Company did not wish Mr Holt to have Any Thing to do with the Guns, but he got them are his guns And brought Them And There is No Gun Straps No Sholder[sic] Straps No Wipeis[sic] & Many of them No Ammunition I hope you will promise me with Ammunition Traps And Wipeis[sic] if Possible TheGuns use the Enfield Catrage[sic] I forgot tosay that Some of My Men Ever got no Belts, Please let me hear from you soon yours Resptfu-

John, H, Bus, Capt

AB. The Carsere Boys had been in the Reb Secured them to Camp Chase but are not home these men I Am well Informed Holt has Gave Guns to, JHB

I have Just 50 Men in my Com

I want 50 Sholder Straps
“ “50 Wipeis & Serus drivers
“ “20 Belts
“ “50 Gun Straps

As much Ammunition as you Think proper. Send to Ellenborough care of agent there

J H Bush Capt

Transcription by Jeffrie Carroll, undergraduate student enrolled in Dr. Billy Joe Peyton’s Fall 2010 “Introduction to Public History” at West Virginia State University

Militia Box 05, Folder 6

West Virginia Archives and History