Payday, drill and high prices

July 22, 1862. Quartermaster clerk William H. Hill recorded in his diary:

“Tuesday. Clear and warm. I commenced making up the payrolls for May and June. The Brigade was reviewed and inspected by Gen. McLaws.”

Hill finished paying the regiment the next day, and the time dragged on, broken only by drilling and what Pettus Guards Private Wilborn P. Smith told his brother Clay in a July 27 letter home were high prices.

“We have been camped in about 4 miles of Richmond about 3 weeks,” Smith wrote his brother according to regiment historian Jess N. McLean. “They are giving us short rations and drilling us very hard, though we live pretty well by paying out our own money. We send a wagon to Richmond every other day to buy vegetables and such other things as the Regiment wants, but I tell you Clay, we pay awful prices: a head of cabbage $1; onions $2 a dozen; butter $1 per lb…”

Two days later, there was another regimental inspection and, that evening, Gen. McLaws again reviewed the brigade.

About Dick Stanley

Retired Texas daily newspaperman
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