Taylor, Arthur W.
Age: 19, credited to Berlin, VTVITALS
Birth: abt 1843, Glover, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Loudon Park National Cemetery, MD
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Lamoille Newsdealer, MARCH 19,1863
FROM THE PROVOST GUARD NEAR ALEXANDRIA
Headquarters Provost Guard: Gen. Casey's Division
Camp near Alexandria, March 5,
MR. EDITOR: --- This Guard is not as other Provost Guards in cities, for it is well understood that there they have whole regiments to do Provost duty, the same as in Washington or Alexandria, but not so respecting this Guard. This Guard was organized by command of Maj. Gen. Casey, and consists of details from the first and second brigades of his division, viz: one non-commissioned officer and five men from each regiment of the said brigades, and one subaltern from the second brigade, and is commanded by Maj. C.F. Spaulding, who was appointed Provost Marshall from the 15th regiment. The guard is composed of details from the following regiments: the first brigade is composed of the 151st Penn., the 39th, 125th, 126th and 111th New York; The second brigade is composed of the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th Vt. This guard went to camp by itself on the 5th of Nov. 1862, and commenced its duties on the 7th of the same month, where it has been ever since. So you see we have a pretty good time of it. We have now for commissioned officers only a Major who is from the 15th Vermont regiment; also 1st Lieut J.C. Blanchard from the same regiment. The regiment to which I belong is now encamped near Wolf Run Shoals, which is the 13th Vt. (or sneaking 13th as they call it.)
Ford's Old Mill
Wolf Run Shoals, VA, 1863
We have had but little warm weather since the last of December, and we look forward for spring to open, with all the expectations that our army which has so long been inactive will soon be on the move, Let me now say something respecting the negroes. Negroes around here are scared to death if they hear anything like a cavalry raid. They are very social people, with only 15 or 20 in one little hut, and I have always been well treated whenever I have gone to guard them or come in contact with them. Christmas is their particular time of jubilee, and they have a week or more Christmas. During one of these Christmas dances where one of our guard was stationed during the time, a negro woman fell down the stairs and broke her neck. "Only one mor nigger gone boys" said one of the old negroes, "go on", and the fiddling never stopped. The negroes are not lacking in wit, nor are they altogether ignorant of this war. They appreciate kindness and they also know how to keep school. If your schoolmasters wish to see the practical part, rather than the theory of teaching the "young idea how to shoot," let them study the school- room in all its different colors, but especially that color which partakes of the nature of charcoal.
Arthur W. Taylor,
Co. C, 13th Reg. Vt. V.M.
Submitted By: Deanna French.
Lamoille Newsdealer: April 9, 1863
FROM THE PROVOST GUARD
CASSEY'S DIVISION, CAMP SPAULDING
MARCH 31st, 1863
When I wrote you before, I believe I partly promised to keep your readers, posted respecting the Provost Guard of this division, but have not been able to do so on account of some recent changes which has taken place in the guard, within the last week. By order of Gen. Cassey, Maj. Spaulding has removed his headquarters from Fairfax seminary to Centerville, and of course we had to go there. So it has been a very busy time for us the last week, but we hope soon to get settled, and then everything will be alright. We find it not quite so nice as at the Seminary, for there we had our tents stockaded and good bunks in them, while here we have to set our tents on the ground, and take the soldiers bed, which the God of nature has supplied for us. No matter how much the soldier may move, yet when the long day's march is completed, and he seeks repose, the earth is always ready to receive him. Changing our bunks for the ground we found some difference. Some of us have got bad colds. When we get settled down we think we will like the place much better than the old one.
Let me now say something respecting the country in this vicinity. Centerville, was undoubtedly, before the breaking out of the great rebellion, a pleasant place. It bears the resemblance of once being a neat little country village, like some of our little country villages in the northern states. It is pleasantly located, and noted for its scenery, but now it has all gone to ruin. Oh! The horrors of war; there is but one house in the village that can be called a house, this house is a two story house, and is the headquarters of Brig. Gen. Haze, commanding the 3d brigade in this division. Also is the headquarters for Major Spaulding, Provost Marshall of this division. The church in this place, which has been used for a hospital, in which the rebels took all our sick and wounded at the time of the last Bull Run battle, is now used for a horse stable, not a window or a door is in it. Here were once good houses nicely arranged, and the owners mansion where he and his family have taken so much comfort, and the negro was happy and contented, well fed and clothed, and all was peace and harmony in days gone by, now deserted, abandoned and all going to ruin, and what for? For the accursed of all curses, slavery. Better to have compromised the difficulties without war, then to have the confederates degenerate into abolition crusade.
We are encamped within about 2 miles of the old Bull Run battlefield. The country here is level, and shows signs of once being cultivated, but is now used for drilling troops. There are now, at the present encamped around, 4 New York regiments, the 111th, 125th, 126th, and the Garabaldi regiment, besides this, the Keystone battery, and Boston light artillery. It is reported that Stonewall Jackson, with 100 thousand men are between here and Warrenton. Citizens are coming through our lines with their families constantly, saying they expect to be forced into the rebel army if they do not flee, six came today, and say they were willing to take the oath, that they never want to go back outside our lines again.
ARTHUR W. TAYLOR
Courtesy of Deanna French.