L. R. Parson to Richard Yates

Title

L. R. Parson to Richard Yates

Publisher

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Date

1861-06-03

Rights

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum holds all rights and permissions.

Language

en

Identifier

500347

Transcription

Illinois Institution for Deaf Mutes,

Jacksonville, June 3rd 1861

His Excellency Gov. Yates

A number of the lads of some of the first families here have formed themselves in to a a Millitary Co (Anderson Light Guard) & requested me to be their drill Master which I have consented to do. We have no arms suitable & will be greatly obliged if you will give us your influence to procure 1 case 20 Stand with accouterments of the carbines, a short piece similar to one which Quarter Master Dunlap bought here some time since, Something like a Musket but much shorter & bright, with a bayonet if possible, if not without & have them shipped immediately to me & I will see that good care is taken of them, & will give a bond if necessary. It seems to me that these times call for all, old & young to be ready for this country's service. I should have gone with the Jacksonville Volunteers in this, had my health been good, but will do all I can in drilling both men & lads for the service & have been drilling some of the companies at Camp Duncan when duties here at the Inst would permit. Allow me to make one suggestion which I hope will not be out of place, & which is not


intended to reflect on any one. The regament here does not drill enough in double quick time, or the [rain?] it could be done as well by troops of the line, as by the two flank Cos & may be of much service & cannot be injurious to the quick time, but rather help in that, & in case of action, any part of the line is overpowered, it can be supported much quicker & with less loss, & may even save a battle. The southern troops drill much in double quick I suspect & as we wish to meet them prepared allow me to say we must have the double quick it can be done in Scotts Heavy drill as well as in the light & of course prevents the necessity of having so many cavelry companies (with the expense & no horse to see to) as the European souldiers some times run 5 mile in 60 minutes! The present are Rail Road & Telagraph times; & it seems to me that we must be up to the times in our millitary evolutions to be efficient, I will through you to the proper Officers offer my services of course gratuitously (during vacation, & after if necessary) for I want no pay - to drill any of the companies here at Camp Duncan & shall be happy to do all I can to aid the glorious Cause of our country I formerly belonged to the Hartford Light Guard of Conn. under Gen Seymour than whom a better drill master is not in New England he being a graduate of the Millitary Academy & every inch a Soldier. Please answer soon as convenient

Your Obt servant

L R Parsons

Clerk Inst for

the Deaf & Dumb

Status

Complete

Percent Completed

100

Weight

20

Original Format

2

Citation

“L. R. Parson to Richard Yates ,” Chronicling Illinois, accessed June 24, 2019, http://alplm-cdi.com/chroniclingillinois/items/show/1322.