4 March 1878
My dear Mrs. Anderson,
I was about from home when yr. [your] note of 23rd ulto came with the military
papers you were kind enough to send me & hence the delay in my answer. I am greatly
obliged for these papers which have afforded me a mournful pleasure as I read them. All
through them I see the evidences of the justice & courage & devotion to the right as
well as that singular beauty & charisma [?] of expression for which your husband was
noted when I knew him & loved him.
I have had a copy made of the Murfreesboro Report not being willing to risk the
loss of the original & sent it forwd [forwarded] to the gentleman who is gathering up the
records of the Brigade which Genl. Anderson led in that battle. With your permission I
will retain all of the papers for the present as Miss. troops are ref'd [referred] to in all of
them & copies will probably be wanted by other officers in getting up the history of the
Brigades for Col. Claiborne, who has called on all officers who had Mississippi
commands for an outline of the service of the troops under them.
I would like to send forwd [forward] the reference to the Miss. Brigade which I
found in one of the letters you sent me but in making an extract of the part I particularly
wanted, I found there is a single expression which perhaps might not be acceptable to
other Brigades in the Division & and I would hesitate to include it. You remember the
Genl. says all the Brigades are not like the one refd [referred] to, etc. All the men in the
Div'n [Division] loved Genl. Anderson so much that I would not like to make this public
- much as I would like the Mississippians to get the benefit of this endorsement.
I will try to find where Genl. Gladden's family live, and send them his
Commission. I am glad to hear from you & all your children, as my interest in all is
unabated. My wife & Courtney send much love. My wife will write soon.
Yr. friend sincerely,
Transcribed by Christopher A. Baker, University of Florida, 2008.