Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Rowdy Soldiers

The Home News, November 30, 1861

Where do the soldiers hail from who roam our streets at all hours of the day and night, reeling to and fro like drunken men, poisoning the very atmosphere with their foul breath and obscene language?  If their officers cannot restrain them, the civil authorities should take them in hand, and the sooner the better.

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We understand that the tenants occupying houses near Camp Tupper, have been compelled to vacate them in consequence of the disorderly conduct of some of the volunteers in that camp.  It is a pity that a few rowdies should be allowed to bring odium on a whole regiment.  Let them be kicked out altogether.

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Robert Griggs, a whiskey-drinking volunteer who disgraces Uncle Sam's uniform, and brings odium on his comrades by his rowdy conduct, was arrested on Thanksgiving Day for a breach of the peace.  He resisted Marshal Kelley and the military guard until it became necessary to carry him.  He was put in Sheriff Winsor's castle, where he will be made to feel the force of law and discipline both.  He belongs to Camp Tupper.

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