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The issue is not war and peace, rather, how best to preserve our freedom.-- General Russell E. Dougherty
April 29th, 1813
My Dear Wife, It is with sincere satisfaction that I inform you of my being well after a pretty severe engagement. Our Captain has lost his leg, Lester Irvine is badly wounded and poor Hazeltine. They will I expect recover, at least I hope so. I did intend to have resigned after the engagement but now it is impossible in consequence of the wounded officers.
For more particulars I refer you to the letter I write my Brother Andrew which I have directed him to show you if you wish to see it.
Note: by Ens. Thomas Warner
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