James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas Gibbons, 17 July 1815

Carlilise Carlisle Barracks July 17the 1815


I am truly Sorry to mention the unhappy Situation I am in at the time as theire 6 or 7 men at this time that has theire heads half shaved by the order of Collen W Hampleton two of which has Been tryed By a court mashall and has not had theire sentence I am charged with desersion But theirs no danger that I Shall be Brought in Gulity and I wood not of Stuck out and not of Suffered the thing to be done I Shuld of Bein treated in the Same manner But I hope that you se me and all other Prisners Justis as theirs nothing more agoyne agoing hear as theire is nothing But punishment I wished to be a soulder But I Cannot Get Justis done me I have Been enlisted By a man howm has Left the Survis and has Reported me as a five years Soulder which is afauls But as he was an officer and will not take the troble to wright to the ware Department But Hould me in this unjearirous manner I hope that as I Lay this before you as a faither to our Cuntry theces Cagdes charges has Been all of Small nature But Curelty is the hole objecet heare as that no there is no use for Soulders But I feare that there will be more use for them than you are apised of as thare dangers men at this time that has to Deal with the afares of our Cuntry Coln. Hambelton has had Six men half thare heads Shaved for these of which was orderd to march to Pitsburge 3 that was tryd at Jenrille court marshall and Remains hea⟨r⟩ without any sentancse and if this Can be alowd then Lett us Give up our Cuntrys Cause I hope that you take this into conssideration and Lett us have Justis & Sir your obt. Prisoner Viz

Thos. Gibbons

NB I Cant wright as wood If thare any Blunders you must Looke over them I Culd have Given much Better Satisfaction if I was not afraid to Be Seen or heard Punishment is all they think ⟨of⟩

DNA: RG 94--Letters Received by the Office of the Adjutant General.

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