Camp Taylor, Nov 19th 1862
Lieut. F. Abbott
Enclosed find your Commission which after having been travelling towards Harpers Ferry, Washington, Baltimore, & Washington again, then Albany. Finally brought up at Chicago. Yesterday, all right.
It is universally regretted in Camp that your business relations was such that you could not remain in the service. And by non more than myself.
You had by your conduct at Maryland Heights established a reputation that the Officers of the 115th Regt was proud of. And the universal regard manifested for You while you were Acting as Assistant Adjutant by the Officers and men of the 115th. Besides the pleasant Social and Military relations that existed while You were a part of the Military Family of the 115th. When undergoing those sufferings, dangers and cares with which all was surrounded. Through the brief period of a three months campaign Had so wedded you to us. That we cannot part without expressing our regret.
We must however stoop to higher authority and abide the fate of war.
And hope and sincerely trust. That in all the civil walks and pursuits of life (You will be successfull in the discharge of Your duties thereby surrounding you with many true and tried Friends). As You have been in Your Military Career.
With the Warmest Regards
I remain Truly Yours,
115th Regt. N.Y.V.
Original letter in in The Johnstown Historical Society, 17 North William Street, Johnstown, N.Y., 12095. This letter along with Abbott's commission, discharge, photographs and other material was donated by Cuyler M. Taylor, 2856 Fairmont Street, Falls Church, VA., 22042 in December of 1992. Donated to this site by James F. Morrison, archivist for the Johnstown Historical Society with much appreciation.
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