Letter Written by Arthur Veazie, Bugler, 1st D.C. Cavalry – Describes their Henry Rifles! – “THEY CARRY 15 BULLETS AT ONCE LOADING. YOU CAN FIRE 15 TIMES WITHOUT TAKING HER DOWN FROM YOUR SHOULDER. WE DON’T HAVE TO USE ANY CAPS TO FIRE HER OFF WITH. THERE IS SOME KIND OF POWDER IN THE CARTRIDGE THAT MAKES HER GO OFF.”
This 3-page letter in ink includes on the 4th page a drawing of Cavalry soldier Veazie and his bugle. The drawing measures 4 inches and has been colored by Veazie also! Beside a separate drawing of his bugle, he writes, “I will draw my wife next time.”
The letter is mostly written in blue ink, nice and dark and easily read. It is dated April 1st, 1864. Here is the content:
- Camp Nigger Rich Washington, D. C. April 1st 1864. Well little Vessey I don’t remember whether I answered your last letter or not, but if I didn’t, I will write you a good one this time, but I am bound to answer everybody’s letters I get. That’s me.
- WELL, VESS, GEORGE AND ME IS GOING BUGLERS. IT IS A BULLY PLACE. WE DON’T HAVE TO DO NOTHING, ONLY PLAY ON THE BUGLE.
- We don’t have to stand guard nor do any work neither. YOU HAD OUGHT TO SEE ME AND GEORGE MARCHING ROUND WITH THE BRASS BAND THIS AFTERNOON PLAYING KINGDOM COMING.
- All the Buglers and the Band have to go together. We don’t have to go in the Ranks. THESE INSTRUMENTS IS MADE OF GERMAN SILVER. THEY SOUND BETTER THAN THE OLD BRASS THINGS THAT USE TO COME DOWN FROM BANGOR ON EXCURSION IN THE STEAM BOAT.
- WELL, VESS, WE HAVE GOT OUR RIFLES, AND THEY ARE THE THING THAT YOU HAD OUGHT TO HAVE TO KNOCK OVER THE LOONS WITH. THEY CARRY 15 BULLETS AT ONCE LOADING. YOU CAN FIRE 15 TIMES WITHOUT TAKING HER DOWN FROM YOUR SHOULDER. WE DON’T HAVE TO USE ANY CAPS TO FIRE HER OFF WITH. THERE IS SOME KIND OF POWDER IN THE CARTRIDGE THAT MAKES HER GO OFF.
- Vess, I want you to tell me what kind of a uniform that them battery boys wears. All of this Regiment has all been examined over, but there ain’t much danger of I and George getting our discharges. We are able body, but I don’t know what they will do with Jody, but I guess that they will keep him here where he is.
- There is 8 of our Company going in the Navy, but I can’t see it. Well, Vess, how is all the gals around Castine? And how is your wife? Any time that you want any of these little nigger gals, Vess, you must let me know and I will send you a one.
- They are just as handsome as they can be. They ain’t only 10 times blacker than Mary Jackson, that’s all.
- Well, Vess, I suppose that you will want my and my wife’s pictures. Well, I guess I WILL DRAW IT ON THE OTHER SIDE. This is about all that I can think to write this time, so I WILL CLOSE BY SINGING. SHOUT BOYS, SHOUT, DON’T BE AFRAID, FOR I AM GOING DOWN TO WASHINGTON TO FIGHT FOR UNCLE ABE.
- Be sure & write. Direct as you did before. Give my love to your Father and Mother and all the folks. From Affectionately, the Bugler Arthur Veazie. On reverse: I will draw my wife next time.
Some staining. A very “colorful” letter.
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