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William Perkins: New in town
As a newcomer, he quckly made friends and eventually met his wife Jeroline Green.
Interview outtakes from THE WAR:
"My first pass into town, I went to the drugstore. It was a black gentleman by the name of Dan Taylor, Dr. Taylor, had a pharmacy on 6th and Capitol. So I go in. And evidently word had got out in the area that this troop train was comin’ in with a lot of new soldiers comin’ in. So I go, in I sit at the counter, and he says to me, ‘Oh, you’re one of those new soldiers in town?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I am.’ He says, ‘How do you like it?’ Well, you know, being from back East, I was going to be a little cocky. And I said, ‘Well, it’s OK, but I don’t see any good-looking girls. And the girls are not like they are good looking like they are back East.’ He says, ‘Just stick around. There are some girls here. You’ll like to stick around.’ We became the best of friends. Him and I, from that conversation. And it was true. I married my wife."