Raynors HCA 2017-02
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Unusually sexually explicit content war-date Union soldier's letter, 4pp. 8vo., written, by Musician Samuel Fleming, Co. A, 78th Penn. Vols., "Camp Nevin, out in the woods three miles on picket from camp, Harden Co., Kentucky, Nov. 18, 1861", in part: "I sit down with my back against a big tree…we are still at Camp Nevin and we get orders every few days to have things packed up ready to march…our company is out on picket today. I…go along to beat the taps on the drum…there [are] two and sometimes three posted together. Sam is writing on my drum and I am scatting on my knapsack. We only stand picket one day at a time. Our boys…there was 4 of them had the measles but they have all got pretty well. Steel Bryan…has go[t] consumption. His father is here to take him home. He has got a discharge…I think some of you fellows ought to come and share the trials and dangers in defense of our country…I suppose you have a fat time with Moooonshooowers, but be careful it don't be all a qunk. Well there is some girls down here but they look so awful black at us. Jim Carrell is driving a six mule team…S. Fleming…[Nov. 19]…PS Good morning Jim, I have a little fun to tell you this morning. Last night there was some cows come around to our post. Sam and a Dutchman went with their canteens and milked one and there was another one run off…the milk went good so the cows come around this morning. The boys took after them again. they cornered one…I went to shit and had to quit to head one for them and they got after another one…I had to milk and behold the pure cream come out. It looks pretty well but it did not taste so well…the next time we come she will have calved and then we will have cheese. We will start to camp pretty soon…". Addressed to James C. Carnahan who later enlisted as drummer in the 78th but died of disease shortly after the battle of Murfreesboro. The original "DUE 3" patriotic transmittal cover endorsed by Major AUGUSTUS B. BONNAFFON (1837-1867) is included. A bit light, else VG
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