Oct. 22, 1864
My Dear General,
I was gratified yesterday to receive your letter from Americus & to find you were
doing so well. We are here after a successful campaign. We marched around Sherman at
Atlanta tore up 12 miles of his road above Marietta & then around Rome threatening it
and tore up & completely destroyed road from Resaca to Tunnel Hill before he was
aware of the magnitude of the move. We took Big Shanty, Tilton, Dalton, and several
other posts, capturing near 2000 prisoners, including about 700 negros [Negroes] at
Dalton. Sherman was completely out-generaled. Our loss on entire trip will not exceed
600 men killed, wounded, and missing. Today we take up our march for Tennessee. All
officers of this Army say they never have seen in it better spirits or exhibit more
enthusiasm. My men are confident, bold, and reliant. The change is wonderful indeed. I
scarcely believed it possible. Hood is gaining on my men fast Beauregard is here &
will probably stay with us a while. We are very hopeful here. Your idea about Genl. H.
coincides with mine exactly and already we pull together and confidence is gaining. I
could tell you much to strengthen you in your opinion, but will wait till you join me. You
must not, general, come till you are able for duty. I know your anxiety. I [know how]
you feel at having a back seat all this time, but you owe it to yourself & our cause to take
good care of yourself. We often speak and think of you in the kindest manner and you
have many friends in your military family. I wish you a speedy recovery. I will always
be glad to hear from you.
I am Genl.
Maj. Genl. Patton Anderson
Transcribed by Christopher A. Baker, University of Florida, 2008.