Diary of a Yankee Engineer: The Civil War Story of John H. Westervelt, Engineer, 1st New York Volunteer Engineer Corps

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April

No. 4

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… 23rd Everything quiet, not to work yet. News of the arrival of the Arago and Delaware tell us the former of which was reported to have been shot at by the rebels. We are in hourly expectation of a mail. During leisure hours a great many things can be seen which the casual observer would not notice. I frequently have thought this war will never come to an end if we have to rely upon the present officers of the army from the highest to the lowest nineteen of every twenty men never held such high positions or earned steady pay untill they joined the army, Money being the reason …

What will a man not do for money? We have here a most miserable set of wretches who follow in the wake of the army, sutlers. All such men who should be drafted and placed at the front and used as targets for the enemy to fire at. All who deal in such stuff should lose their money and generally go toward the number of deaths that occur in the army.

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