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Wharton writes Wheeler regarding the equipment of various units with pistols.
Unofficial Head Qrs. Wharton’s Cavalry
Rome Aug. 16/63
I think Col. Thompson the best man for the 3 d Geo., this Regt is now rapidly improving. I find it will not do to force men on Cavalry Regts, their facilities for deserting are too great. In Tenn. three (300) pistols were Turn over to you, all of which You caused to be issued to Gen. Martin’s Div. Col. Oladowski Has just informed me that several days since, he notified Gen. Bragg that he had four (400) pistols for distribution, that Genl. Bragg directed him to issue them subject to your order, and that upon you having so notified you ordered him to turn them over to Genl. Martin’s Div.
The pistols will reach here to-night. I have but one Regt. (Texas Rangers,) properly armed with pistols & I respectfully request that my Div. may have their distributive share. Crews Brigade needs them very much. I trust that you will see the propriety of not making a distribution in favor of one portion of command against another; Neither myself, officers, or men , are conscious of having acted in such a way as to deprive us of our distributive share of weapons, so useful to cavalry. I trust you will send me an order here to take my share. I request an early reply.
Sincerely Yr. friend
Jno. A. Wharton
Major Genl Joseph Wheeler
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John A. Wharton, Joseph Wheeler, pistols, cavalry, deserters, desertion, Texas Rangers, Georgia, 1863
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