Colonel Alford, 1861
[This article was originally published in AAFA ACTION, Issue #6, September 1989.]
Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, by James M. McPherson (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988), contains a reference to a Colonel Alford, p. 329:
Many officers did little to inspire respect. Some had a penchant for drinking and carousing—which of course set a fine example for their men. In the summer of 1861 the 75th New York camped near Baltimore on its way to Washington. “Tonight not 200 men are in camp,” wrote a diary-keeping member of the regiment despairingly. “Capt. Catlin, Capt. Hurburt, Lt. Cooper and one or two other officers are under arrest. A hundred men are drunk, a hundred more at houses of ill fame ... Col. Alford is very drunk all the time now.”
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