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David Lang, letter

September 7, 1862

“I have just finished making one hundred & fifteen biscuits, without grease or soda, & Henry Hull is baking them for our next ten days rations. Since coming to Virginia we officers are not allowed to buy any more from government commissary than is issued to a private, & being on the frontier, no one will trust a slave here as cook, so we have to draw our rations and cook them just [like] the other men do. Just imagine me sitting upon the ground, in my shirt sleeves & barefooted, writing upon my knee by the light of the fire that is cooking my bread, writing to a young lady. What a fine sketch for Harpers Weekly.”


Name: David Lang

Unit: 8th Regiment Florida Infantry, Co. C

Document Information

Type: Letter


  • Soldier Life/Camp Life

Event Location: Frederick City, Frederick Co., MD

Document Origin: Frederick City, Frederick Co., MD


David Lang to Annie Eliza Atkinson. September 7, 1862. Original letter in possession of David Lang, Tallahassee, FL. Obtained from Accessed on February 12, 2010.