Charles Aleshire to Margaret Shepard Aleshire, 1 October 1863
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I commence trying to quit swear-
ing about a month ago, and I
have about succeeded. It is
only once in a great while that
an oath slips out, and then
I notice it, and am more par-
ticular in future, and when
I get mad I just keep my
mouth shut and grit my
teeth for fear I will swear
if I open it. I have got in
only one panic for a week
that caused me to swear, that
was because while we were
expecting to fight, Lieut Mar-
shall (a Lieut assigned to duty with
my Battery since Rose and Ches was
wounded) took Sergeant Heart
of my Battery went away in the
morning and came back just be-
fore dark both nasty drunk.
I got mad swore a sermon at
them, and after I thought how
hard I had swore, I put Lt
Marshall in arrest, and re-
duced Sergeant Hart to the
ranks, as a private soldier.
I have not swore to my knowledge
since and don?t intend to
if I can avoid it, and I
think I can. Going in the army

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