Millikins Bend Louisiana.
April 20th 1863.
I sent Hiram's picture to you from La (?) in November. It is
lost no doubt. J.B.
We arrived at this place on the 18th in(?). Nothing of much
importance has occurred since I last wrote you.
I hinted that I intended to go into a negro regiment. Well I
have my appointment and have taken the oath of office. I am
First Lieutenant in the 9th Louisiana Volunteers of African
My letter of acceptance and oath of office is now perhaps on its
way to Washington.
My appointment is directly from the President of the United
My wages will be the same as a first Lieut. in the volunteer
service this is however volunteer service and as I said in my
last my wages will be One hundred and ten dollars and fifty cents
$110.50 per month or $1,326 dollars per year.
No doubt some will laugh (at my expense) but I don't regard them
and don't ask their friendship or favor.
I am discharged from the 68th. I was discharged yesterday and my
Commission will date April 14th, 1863.