Box Small Collections Box 15
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Cassimere writes of a drill where three horses fell and rolled over their riders and about officers from another camp who entered their camp drunk. He had 17 in Bible class. A strong wind damaged tents, trees, houses and churches in the city. A prisoner with his arms and head in a barrel, who was marching around, blew down and rolled down a hill. General Palmer in camp on February 27.
Cassimere writes of bathing and the system of water and pipes. He describes the infantry's barracks, artillery leaving for Washington, D.C., the city, and Hudson River. He tells of a court martial, fight in town, and drilling exercise where men left formation when asked "to form on fours." He advises his brother, "I want you to be a man in every respect, a man that is a Man is the noblest work of God."
Cassimere is stationed near Columbia College while on sentry duty. He writes of drilling exercises and personal chores, such as blackening his boots. He shares his New Year Eve thoughts. "Maybe you think that it is strange for me to cook, but just tell the girls not to get married until the soldiers return home."
He writes, "I steal a few moments from my country's service to write to you, my dear parents, who have nourished me unto manhood..." "I am going to take part in the coming battle if possible wheather my regament (regiment) does or not..."
Cassimere writes how he woke sleeping sentries, but didn't report them, even though a risk to his post. A large balloon passed over camp. A comrade died during the night from measles. "I have been strutting around camp with a new carbine..." He tells about the satchel he sent home.
Note on top of letter: "Please do not let anyone see this." Cassimere writes of his drilling exercises. He was sick and got medicine, but threw it away so he could "die a natural death." A comrade gave him coal and molasses. He describes cooking utensils and cooking in his tent.
Cassimere gives a detailed description of the area and fortifications: camps of the Fourth Pennsylvania regiment, an artillery camp, a Rhode Island camp and a California camp where a shell thrown in the fire explodes near him and injures others. "I visited the soldiers home and talked with the old broken down soldiers." He also visits Floyd's plantation, the president's residence (The White House) and the soldiers' burying ground.
He tells them, "to direct your most serious attendance to the importance of character..." He overhears a lieutenant saying "he believed I was the happiest man in the regiment and why is it... because I have lived up to the... principals that father requested..." He gives advice on being of good character.
Cassimere writes that the only horse he has ridden is a wooden one. He received thirty-nine dollars in pay. He discusses where and how he sent the money and what he needs his brother to do with it.
They had to have a parade when the Colonel's wife arrived at camp. There were two horse incidents. He has begun a Bible class in his tent. He was guarding prisoners and a peddler was with the prisoners, but he thought the peddler was another prisoner and he wouldn't let him leave.
Cassimere writes that they have yet to get horses. The ones requested were given to General McClellan. When he was sick, he took quinine. He writes of the rough conditions that made him get sick. "The specimens" he got at Yorktown were a revolver, a knife, Confederate script, "a piece of the stone where Cornwalice surrendered," and "military buttons that we dug up in our trenches that were buried there in the revolution."
Cassimere describes where he is sitting and what is going on around him. He is guarding the ammunition train which has "one hundred and twenty waggons drawn by three hundred and sixty teams... we have shot and shell enough to bury Richmond." He tells of the vessels on the river and how regulars and volunteers often fight. He replies to his sister's criticisms of his picture. He is the heaviest man in the regiment at 227 lbs. "... three wooden guns at Manassas were put up to fool us..."