this to his wife at Plymouth, Mass.
; so the paymaster pays him $12, and the remaining $40 is paid to his wife by check in Plymouth
, without any further action on the part of John.
This plan was a great convenience to both the soldiers and their families.
In this division of his income the calculation of the soldier was to save out enough for himself to pay all incidental expenses of camp life, such as washing, tobacco, newspapers, pies and biscuits, bought of “Aunty,” and cheese and cakes of the sutler.
But in spite of his nice calculations the rule was that the larger part of the money allotted home was returned, by request of the sender, in small amounts of a dollar or the fraction of a dollar.
I have previously stated that at that time silver had gone out of use, it being only to be had by paying the premium on it, just as on gold, and so to take its place the government issued what was generally known as scrip, being paper currency of the denominations of fifty, twenty-five, ten, five, and, later, fifteen and three-cent pieces, some of which are still in circulation.
They were a great convenience to the soldiers and their friends.
But to resume:
If the statements made by these beats as to the amount of money they had sent for and were expecting were to be believed they must not only have sent for their full allotment, but have drawn liberally on their home credit or the charity of their friends besides.
In truth, however, the genuine beat never intended to return borrowed money.
It is currently believed by outsiders that the soldiers who stood shoulder to shoulder battling for the Union
, sharing the same exposures, the same shelter, the same mess would ever afterwards be likely to stand steadfastly by one another.
The organization of the Grand Army of the Republic seems to strengthen such an opinion, yet human nature remains pretty much the same in all situations.
If a man was a shirk or a thief or a beat or a coward or a worthless scoundrel generally in the army, it was because he had been educated to it before he enlisted.
The leopard cannot