The Camp Kettle Newspapers of the 100th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry
Regiment, "The Roundheads"
"We know only our
"The Camp Kettle" was a regimental newspaper published by
the staff and officers of the 100th Regt. PVI Roundheads. Though there were
a few other regimental newspapers published during the Civil War, it
certainly wasn't a common occurrence. "The Camp Kettle", as stated in
its first issue on September 21, 1861, is published at every opportunity by
the Field and Staff of the Roundhead Regiment.
The purpose of the newspaper is neatly summarized in the
following opening section of the first issue with the heading "Our Bow"
We have little room to spare and none to waste in the
"Camp Kettle" and shall briefly state that it is our intention to publish it
as a daily, a weekly or an occasional paper, just as the exigencies of the
service will permit.
It is our intention to cook in it a "mess" of short
paragraphs replete with useful information on a great many subjects, about
which new recruits are supposed to be ignorant. We shall
endeavor to make it a welcome visitor around the campfire and the quarters,
sort of a familiar little friend, that whispers kind words and friendly
advice to inexperienced men concerning the new position that they have to do
and the new duties that follow.
Everything related to a soldiers duty and camp life from
mounting the guard to cleaning a musket will be fit ingredients for the
"Kettle". Rules for preserving health and cooking rations will be in
place, and all sorts of questions relating to a soldier's duty, and his
wants, when respectfully asked in writing, over a responsible name, will
find an answer in the next mess that is poured out of the "Kettle".
From individual expenses that are incurred from the commandant of the
regiment in purchasing material, presses, etc... But he only expects
to return sufficient to cover current expenses of paper, ink and the
necessary expenses of the Kettle.
To this end, 25 numbers will cost 25 cents to subscribers
of the regiment. To all others 50 cents and single numbers will
sell for 2 cents. The number subscribed for in each company will be
delivered to the company postmaster for distribution to subscribers.
Author's Note: There are several wonderful readings of
"Camp Kettle" newspapers conducted by Michael Kraus in the production
Civil War Minutes, Volumes 1 and 2, by Inecom Media
Vol. 1, No. 4 Issue dated
October 29, 1861
Vol. 1, No.
8 Issue dated
December 30, 1861