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Response to Wolf Frankula (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 06:18 PM

16. I won't print the whole letter but he begins

by answering a question as to why he is serving in the army. William says he was conscripted and did not have the 300 dollars to buy an exemption. After a while in uniform, he converted to the cause of freeing the slaves.

Most of the letter is complaining about the boredom of army life. "It's all marching, standing, waiting and more waiting", and the food, "We get shuffle bread (what is that?) and beans and coffee for breakfast, beans and salt bacon for dinner, shuffle bread, beans and salt pork and more coffee for supper. We are supposed to have a whiskey ration, but almost never get it"

And the good Pennsylvania leaf is tobacco. Possibly he broke his pipe and wanted a new one.

His writing is hard to make out.


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