Dec Sunday night
I dont know the day of the month. We had a new episode this morning. Horace Prescott of Co. C & Ephraim Pettingill of Co. E deserted broke out of the Gd House about 7 1/2 last Eve, & Skedaddled for parts unknown in Rebeldom. Prescott was under arrest for Forgery.
The Citizens had sold stuff to the Soldiers & taken Sutler Checks for Pay, & Prescott forged notes using the Capts (of several Cos.) names; & exchanged them for these checks; he got some $50.00 worth of them he was courtmartialed two or three days ago but his sentence has not been promulgated yet; probably the Ball & Chain was not an agreeable piece of Jewelry to wear so he left, I dont know the offence of Pettingill, he is a reckless fellow, & I am glad they are out of the Regt, but if they get caught Death to them.
Prescott has always been petted by House