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Text for Page 024 [10-07-1862]

    Babbage, Osgood.    A Letter from Heichhold.
             The story of the 105th Penn. Vols.
from our Charleston friend Babbage.    He was
in Paris and is in England.       Osgood, too, the
Jerseyman, the assitant of the jolly Morris in
the saw mill, turned up in New York some weeks
back, after a year and a half of vicissitudes in
Dixie, during which he was compelled to enlist
in the Confederate Army.  He deserted at Rich-
mond.     (I saw two columns about him in a
newspaper some time back, not identifying him
as an acquaintance.)      He had experience of Dodge�s
villany at Charleston and was saved from the
Vigilance Committee by Woodward.
  8.  Wednesday.   A letter from Heichhold, 
dated Brookville, Jefferson Co. Pa.  Hearty
greetings, reminiscences of �Yorktown, the old church,
the log-huts, the swamps, the sick and the dead,
the frugal meals in the little hut, the clapper-jaw-
ed horse,� (mine) and much more.   Heichhold
stuck to his regiment bravely and here�s the sum-
mary of it.  When I left, it mustered about 900 
men.    At Fairoaks only half of those who went
into the battle came out.      On the night of the 27th
the fought and �through all those dreadful seven
days, the 105th �Penn,� did its share.    Returned 
to the Potomac, three companies were taken
prisoners, while guarding the Orange and Alex-
andria railroad.          At Kettle Run, at Bull
Run and Chantilly it saw more or less active               
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