2 pp., 4to. Wallace, the future author of Ben Hur, lauds the new company commander, Thomas Moore, of H Company, 23rd Indiana. "The condition of the company under Abbott, or 'Old Bill,' as he was accustomed to call himself, was deplorable. The tents of the men had never been swept or cleaned: fifty odd of them went down sick: there were no accounts of the company--literally nothing...Moore has started a thorough reformation and is very industrious." -- WOOD, Thomas J. (1823-1906), General, U. S. Army. ALS ("Th. J. Wood") to Gov. Oliver P. Morton, H.Q. 6 Division, Army of the Ohio, Vervilla, Tenn., 22 August 1862. 1¼ pp., 4to., edges chipped, tape remnants on verso. DESPERATELY FILLING THE RANKS OF THE INDIANA REGIMENTS. "Can you not furnish us recruits at once to fill these regiments up to the legal maximum standard, as also the 18th Indiana, a fine old regiment, but reduced by long and active service? We need more men badly, and must have them to inaugurate the vigorous system which alone can crush this most atrocious rebellion..." -- McCOOK, Edward M. (1833-1909), General, U. S. Army. ALS ("Ed. M. McCook") to Gov. O. P. Morton (Indiana), Cartersville, Ga., 28 August 1864. 4 pp., 4to., on stationery of Headquarters, First Division Cavalry, Department Cumberland. Outraged over newspaper accounts that his troops were drunk during "the late raid," McCook answers: "I most solemnly assure you that this is an infamous falsehood. I do not believe there was a drop of liquor in the command at the time. Some was captured at Fayetteville and destroyed by my order, and this was two days before we had any fighting....The living can vindicate themselves, and I desire the friends of those who fell on that bloody field to know that they sleep in their honored graves without a stain upon their memories. They fell like soldiers, and went to the presence of their God, sober and in their right minds." Together 3 items. (3) " /> [INDIANA REGIMENTS]. THREE VIVID WAR-DATE LETTERS ABOUT PROBLEMS AMONG INDIANA REGIMENTS. WALLACE, Lewis (1827-1905), <I>General, U. S. Army</I>. ALS ("Lewis Wallace") to Gov. O. P. Morton , Hd. Qrs., 2nd brigade, Paducah, Ky. 4 December 1861. <I>2 pp., 4to</I>. Wallace, the future author of <I>Ben Hur</I>, lauds the new company commander, Thomas Moore, of H Company, 23rd Indiana. "The condition of the company under Abbott, or 'Old Bill,' as he was accustomed to call himself, was deplorable. The tents of the men had <I>never</I> been swept or cleaned: fifty odd of them went down sick: there were no accounts of the company--literally nothing...Moore has started a thorough reformation and is very industrious." -- WOOD, Thomas J. (1823-1906), <I> General, U. S. Army</I>. ALS ("Th. J. Wood") to Gov. Oliver P. Morton, H.Q. 6 Division, Army of the Ohio, Vervilla, Tenn., 22 August 1862. <I>1¼ pp., 4to., edges chipped, tape remnants on verso</I>. DESPERATELY FILLING THE RANKS OF THE INDIANA REGIMENTS. "Can you not furnish us recruits at once to fill these regiments up to the legal maximum standard, as also the 18th Indiana, a fine old regiment, but reduced by long and active service? We need more men badly, and must have them to inaugurate the vigorous system which alone can crush this most atrocious rebellion..." -- McCOOK, Edward M. (1833-1909), <I>General, U. S. Army</I>. ALS ("Ed. M. McCook") to Gov. O. P. Morton (Indiana), Cartersville, Ga., 28 August 1864. <I>4 pp., 4to., on stationery of Headquarters, First Division Cavalry, Department Cumberland</I>. Outraged over newspaper accounts that his troops were drunk during "the late raid," McCook answers: "I most solemnly assure you that this is an infamous falsehood. I do not believe there was a drop of liquor in the command at the time. Some was captured at Fayetteville and destroyed by my order, and this was two days before we had any fighting....The living can vindicate themselves, and I desire the friends of those who fell on that bloody field to know that they sleep in their honored graves without a stain upon their memories. They fell like soldiers, and went to the presence of their God, sober and in their right minds." <I>Together 3 items</I>. (3) | Christie's