Dear Sister L
you want to know how I spend my time here? Well, in the first place I
am a member of a court-martial that meets every morning at 10 o'clock.
If there is business enough we sit till 3 or 4 p. m., and then adjourn,
but usually we get through much earlier. Then I come back to camp, and
after dinner I read or write or play chess. I play a great deal lately
and the more I learn the more I like it. It is a noble game and I am
determined to be no mean player. I have already beaten the best player I
can find in the regiment, and I mean to get so I can do it every time.
Last winter I used to play "euchre" or "old sledge," but it never
improved me much. Chess on the contrary is a never ending study. Dr.
Franklin called it the "King of Games."
The chessboard is 7-3/4" in length and width. The pieces are made of wood and are approximately 1" in height and are stored within the chess box.
An earnest game of Chess between Col. Martin T. McMahon (AAG of Sixth Corps) and a fellow officer, prior to the Wilderness Campaign in 1864.