Fort Jefferson, Fla., Apr 30th 62
The Mail leaves tomorrow & I commence a line informing you that I am very well going flesh and in better sprits than I was three or four weeks ago. It is boiling hot here today we went out at 9 o'clock for Inspection & Muster for pay stood in line 2 1/4 hours under the sun of the Tropics, if we had worn our Knapsacks it would have been a hard one with our woolen shirts & thick Coats.
It is thought doubtfull if Liet Williams' resignation will be accepted he is very ancious to leave I think; & expected to have been away before this; there is a good deal of Bugling going on if he leaves the Co are going in for me for his place but I done think they can make it work for Soldiers are not supposed to have any minds of their own
I dont know what to write that will interest you. I am of the opinion that we are stuck for a year here at least this is merely my opinion and you must take it for what it is worth we have had no news for a long time & are extremely ravenous for some we have not heard about the big Fight yet. The Sergts of Co C have to recite Lessons in Tactics every other night & we have commenced drill on heavy Artillery the sergts are Cheifs of Peices. I can skunk the Crowd on them. I suppose I have a right to brag to you I dont dare to anyone else, so you can believe as much as you care to we shall have to get lessons in Artillery Drill in a few days so that we shall be pretty busy.
Some of the Boys have gone egging I bargained with my Coporal Wm Tilton I am to pay his share of the Boat & he is to give me half he gets there is so many goes then that they done get as many as they did but if I can get a couple of dozens I shall be satisfyed, it will give me several good meals. There has been a Steamer hovering round here in sight part of the time that is a little suspicious & the Col advised the Boys to take their Arms with them today as he says there are secesshes prowling round in these waters but did not take his advice & it would be a joke if they got taken in & done for
payday dont come yet & I think it doubtfull if it comes till six months are due the currency here is Sutlers tickets which are the meanest kind of shin-plasters.
They have got a Big Turtle confined in a Cage inside of the Breakwater he is 4 ft long & 3 ft wide his head as large as a man different shape of course & instead of feet & claws as the Turles north he has flippers or fins he will swim very lively; it is said they will lay as many as a hundred eggs as large as a Goose they commence laying in May & June. I had forgot almost about my Taxes you will not have money enough to pay them make them wait till I am paid off. Sam is a little lame yet but so to do duty. It is Rumored that the Mails are, or to be cut off, if so I shall feel very lonely I hope not; there is I think a gain in the general health of the Regt although there are many sick yet you will find this letter dull but I think of nothing else & will close