Ten Years in the Ranks
Augustus Meyers, 1914
|Augustus Meyers, ca. 1856|
Augustus Meyers was a typical immigrant boy living in New York City, when he enlisted in the Army in 1854 as a fifer. Meyers would then be sent to Governors Island to the Army "School of Practice" for incoming field musicians. You can read more about some history of Governors Island here. In 1914 Meyers would write about his experiences at Governors Island in the first chapter of his book, "Ten Years in the Ranks U.S. Army." We have included that first chapter here for your enjoyment. We encourage you, however, to read the rest of his book as well to learn what life was like as a young musician in the U.S. Army on the western frontier (before the Civil War), as well as life for a Regular Army soldier during the Civil War.
Part I: Enlistment and Service on Governor's Island, New York Harbor, in 1854