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In Their Own Words

July 05, 1739

Letter on Dismissal of Colonel

From Frederica, James Oglethorpe wrote the Earl of Egmont of his dismissal of a Col. Cochran, who apparently had been leading an uprising over Oglethorpe’s discipline policy for his regiment:

“… The mutinous and disorderly wretches who never knew what discipline was might hate them who expected service from them, but I believe no one was ever better beloved by their officers and the majority of the men than I am and, since Colonel Cochran’s departure, there hath not been the least difference or uneasiness in the regiment.”

Source, Mills Lane (ed.), General Oglethorpe’s Georgia: Colonial Letters, 1733-1743 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), Vol. II, p. 407.