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THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC—GAMBLERS AT THE PROVOST
MARSHAL'S HEAD-QUARTERS.—[SKETCHED BY A. R. WAUD.]
GAMBLERS IN THE ARMY.
How General Patrick deals with
gambling we discover from the picture above.
Mr. Waud writes: "Some inveterate
belonging to the Ninety-third New
York, were provided with a table, dice, and a tin cup for a dice-box, and, under
charge of a guard, were kept at their favorite amusement all day, playing for
beans, with boards slung on their shoulders with
the word GAMBLER written on them.
They did not seem to enjoy it, an attempt to make the most of their time and
play for greenbacks being nipped in the bud. Dinner was also denied them, on the
plea that gamblers have no time for meals. Much
harm, no doubt, results from
gambling; but it is useless to punish the men while it is so prevalent a vice
with the officers."
Gambling has always been more or
less prevalent in armies.