Mad Dog’s Civil War persona

Now Sir Doug,

How fitting that you report this story on November 2, Dia de los Muertos,or, Day of the Dead. In Mexico, this is an important day for honoring the dead and celebrating the lives of the dead. (Something like that anyway.) This traditional holiday originated with the Aztecs.

One of the things that interests me is your kind offer to give any
of us a tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield. I hope to take you up on that offer some day. It may be a few months, or even years perhaps, before I can squeeze it into my busy schedule, but at least the delay will give me time to read up on current research regarding the battle.

I am familiar with stories told to me by General Trimble, and also am personally very familiar with one dark night prior to the deaths of the two Confederate soldiers in the Shriver House, when I with two colleagues attempted to plant an explosive charge in that very same Shriver House. By the grace of
the God of the Presyterians we were unable to carry out our plan, so that the two Confederates lived on for a few more hours before meeting their ends on this earth.
Therefore, I am most interested in the results of the DNA tests.

I would hope to be able to search out the closest living relatives of these two long dead ones (143 years is a long time in human lifetimes) and prostrate myself before the living relatives, and beg for their forgiveness in having been involved in a plot to plant a bomb inside the house where the two lived out their final hours. Though I was not responsible for their deaths, I realize that I did indeed desire and endeavor to abruptly end their lives on this earth through a reprehensible
act; and I would have committed this action had I, along with my two colleagues, not been prevented from so doing by the aforementioned God of the Presbyterians.

It may interest you and some of our BALTA brothers and sisters,
veterans and families (Or perhaps it will not interest you), that I was not permitted to enter into a combat situation in Vietnam, due to having previously served in combat during the Civil War. Yes, I am a Civil War Veteran. I saw additional action in the siege of Fort Rainhart and the related skirmish with Sergeant Alan Walker’s squad along the tree-lined road leading into and through Hoffmantown. I served with the Loyalist forces, the Union forces. (Today, this is meaningless. I may have just as
well served with the damned Scorpions!)

I was a foot soldier, an infantryman corporal, in Sergeant Adair’s squad, of Company C, commanded by Captain Whitford, which was part of General Diers’s Brigade of the Callahoo Lamey Army of the West.

As I was saying, I was not permitted to serve in combat during my time of enlistment in the 1960s and 1970s due to having previously served in fierce combat during the period 1862-65.

Consequently, in the next century I was trained as a linguist and then instructed to bring tennis to the USASAFS Kaserne von Bad Aibling, Deutschland. This was a succesful and most rewarding endeavor, I must add. (But most definitely you are already
aware of these fascinating tidbits of history regarding BALTA.
But, at least they are of little immediate concern here in this story I find myself now realating.)

Oh, I must start over. I am remiss. I should have much earlier
mentioned that I was not present at the moment during the Civil War when our enemy soldier, Sergeant Alan Walker, was wounded by a lance in the lower abdomen. I heard many reports of this most gruesome moment from Sergeant Adair, Captain Whitford, and others, but at that moment in time,
I was more than a quarter mile distant from the event. I was on my way to deliver an officer’s sabre to Headquarters. The officer (his name escapes me at the moment) had lost the sabre when his mount was shot from under him a few days prior. Private Coffman had seen sunlight reflecting off an object located inside of a western salt bush. It turned out to be the
officer’s sabre.

At any rate, Doug, please inform Lt. Paonessa and others involved with the Shriver House investigations that I am most interested in the DNA results for reasons stated above. Furthermore, please don’t forget that I’m very interested in touring the Gettysburg Battlefield, whether it happens to occur 143, or 147, years after those unforgettable clamorous days of 1863.

Sincerely yours,

John Russell Freyermuth, Mad Dog & Former Spec. 5, US Army (ASA); Former Cadet Sergeant First Class, New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell; Former Corporal of the Callahoo Lamey Loyalist Army of the West.

PS. I became good friends with General Trimble in the 1950s.

On Thu, 2 Nov 2006, Gitt, Doug wrote:

> Sorry, I should have mentioned why this item is interesting to me. I was born in the Gettysburg Hospital and raised on the family farm five miles south of the Battlefield. (Ex-wife Julie (mother of the twins and BA GI wife) graduated from Gettysburg High.) Strong family ties to the area, too. It is understandable that I developed an interest in the Battlefield and the Battle.
> Everyone has a standing offer; if you visit Gettysburg, I will give you a really good (free) tour!
> Doug


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