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Geer May 20 1862 I told you I would write you how we Live, and what we eat, so I will give

you a little sketch in this. To commence, on Sunday as every other day, the Boatswains srhill Whistle is herd a six, and every body must turn out and lash their Hammock up and stow them away. All hand make their way on deck, get a pail when their turn comes, and have a good wash. Most of them strip to wast and wash, so you see there is not many dirty ones among us, although there is a fiew. At seven Oclock as we on ship call it, Six Bells the Boatswains Whistle is sounded for Grog and Breakfast, which consist of a Pot of Coffee and hard crackers, such as I gave you a smaple on the North Carolina. But our mess is more fortunate than some: we have an Iron Sauce Pan that will hold some three or four Gallons. Our Cook takes those crackers and brakes them up, puts some fat Pork in it (of which we have plenty, as it is so fat no one can ear it), puts salt and Pepper in, and cooks it untill the crackers are soft, and that makes us what we hungry men call a good Breakfast, but what I should hardley eat if I were home. After Breakfast, every thing is cleaned up about the Ship, which takes about one hour, and after that there is nothing to do but keep watch, which amounts to laying around deck for the saylors and laying arund the Engine room for the Firemen. I can do as I pleas, and if any thing is wanting out of the store room when I am not here a Fireman is sent to look for me. At twelve the whistle sounds again and Grog and Dinner is the order. I forgot: I was discribing Sunday, and will have to go back a little before I discribe dinner. I forgot to tell you of Muster, which only comes on Sunday. At 9 oclock the word is passed to get ready to muster. All hand get their Bags and out comes their Sunday go to meating Cloaths. Every body must have on clean cloaths, and at 10 oclock we are all Mustered on the main Deck and the Captain takes a look at each one as our names are called, and woe to the one who is found dirty, as he will be given over to the Master at Armes, whose business it is to take him on deck, strip him naked, and take a scrubbing brush and give him a cleaning. We have not had but one case occur; I think I had rather do my own washing. But about our Grog and Dinner. The Grog is whiskey, and they give a Gil cup twice each day, and it is equal to a good stiff horn each time. For Dinner on Sunday we have Rost Beef put up in cans and preserved Potatoes. The Potatoes taste like I dont know what anything that has no taste at all and the Beef is all parts of the Cow cooked to gather untill it is next to a Jelly and will drop to Pieces. It is good where there is none bettor. To be Continued....