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John E. Wilkins Diary: Leaving the 11th Indiana
These excerpts from March 1862 record John E. Wilkins's decision to resign from the 11th Indiana Infantry Regiment. On March 1 he expressed his dissatisfaction. The crossed out lines read: "I begin to suspect that Butlers sickness is a play for a leave of absence if he does go home I shall resign and try one of the new Regiments organizing. I do not propose to assume the responsibility of Captain while Butler is having a good time with all the pay and rank." On March 15, 1862 he received word that Captain Butler, who "play[ed] cards all night & [was] sick all day," had been granted a leave of absence. In disgust Wilkins wrote, "I shall most certainly send in my resignation." On April 3, 1862, he officially left the service with the 11th Regiment and had a brief leave before reenlisting with the 16th Indiana Infantry Volunteer Regiment.
- John E. Wilkins Diary: Leaving the 11th Indiana
- John E. Wilkins
- Origin Date:
- March 1862, Transcribed 1911