• 78th Penn., Vols, Civil War Musician: Darkie Moses Danced and Took the Prize

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    CIVIL WAR-DATE Union soldier's letter, 4 pp 4 ½ x 7 ½, written, on very rare patriotic "Our Flag is Still There" stationery by Musician Samuel Fleming, Co. A, 78th Penn. Vols., "Camp Bill Serwell, [Carter Creek, KY], April 18, 1862, in part: "…We are still at Carter's Creek guarding the railroad bridges. We have a fine time here. We drill two hours a day…I was sergeant of the guard last Monday…This is pretty warm weather down here. The woods is getting pretty green. The corn is planted…The cotton is a planting. The darkies has to go or get clubbed. I saw an old wench plowing with a very yoke of oxen and an old wooden plow. What a sight for a farmer. They have the most interesting farming utensils and harnesses imaginable. The citizens around here are all secesh but there is some of the fair sex that would like to join the Union to the man. There is some mightily fine looking gals about here…They come to camp to use us sometimes. They think we are mighty fine looking fellows particularly Capt. Cummins company…We have a fiddle in our tent and a cordian so we have music by the yard. While I write, John Marlin is playing the fiddle. Last night we had a big spree. There is a contraband in Company I and after all the rest had danced the darkie whose name is Moses danced and he took the prize. He is right smart…there is 5 n[egros] for every white person here…It is the opinion of every person here that the war is drawing pretty near a close…Samuel Fleming, Co. A, 78th Regt. P. V…in care of Col. Sirwell…". Addressed to James C. Carnahan who later enlisted as drummer in the 78th but died of disease shortly after the battle of Murfreesboro.

     

    Minor paper loss at the bottom affecting several words, else very good.

     

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