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Now I cannot see the justice of using the word "persecuted" by Mr: Deweese: it being a notorious fact that he was placed in arrest for specifically violating the 5th Art. of War by using "contemptuous & disrespectful words against the President of the U.S." and that in some mysterious manner he escaped the prescribed penalty; and, in conclusion I must say that Mr Deweese has avowedly placed the whole matter in the light of a personal & political quarrel, with which I think the Military authorities have no just reason to interfere. Very respectfully Your obt. servant Wm. F. Smith Captn & Asst. Surgn U.S.A. Surgn=in=Chief of N.C. Bt Lt Col. Jacob F. Chur. Act. Asst. Adjt. General. Raleigh. N.C.
Deweese, not Devreese
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