Hd.Qrs., Seymour’s Div. [P.R.V.C.?]
Camp near Harrison’s Landing
July 18th 1862
My dear Miss Reynolds,
I have just returned from the steamer “Louisiana,” which this morning brought down 450 wounded prisoners released from Richmond. Several of the released officers belong to Genl. Reynolds’ Brigade and altho’ on account of their wounds none of them have met him personally, they frequently saw persons who had. They stated that he was well yesterday morning, was not wounded, and with the other Union officers captured was confined in the building devoted to that purpose; that he and Genl. McCall remained for several days at the Spotswood House, but were afterwards removed to more confined quarters. Dr. Donnelly of the 2nd Regt., Pa. Res. Vols., Reynolds Brigade, who remained in charge of the wounded since the 30th ___, both on the battlefield and in Richmond, makes the same statement.
A general exchange of wounded seems to be about to take place. I hope it will also [be] extended to the unwounded and that we shall again have with us the commander to whom all seem so much attached. Men of all grades in the Reserve still come to me every day to ask if I have heard from “The General,” if he is to be exchanged, and if I am sure they will let him command the corps. I think every man in the First Brigade would follow him to the gates of Tophet if he would come and ask them.
In reply to your inquiry respecting the means of sending letters to the General, I have been unable to obtain any positive answer. Arrangements heretofore have been to communicate with either side by sending private, unsealed letters by flags of truce. I think the same plan is still adopted. I am confident if you enclose a letter unsealed, addressed “Brig. Genl. J.F. Reynolds, prisoner of war, Richmond, Va., via flag of truce,” to “Genl. S. Williams, Asst. Adjt. Genl., Hd.Qrs., Army of the Potomac,” at this place, that it will be carefully forwarded. Genl. Williams is a personal friend of Genl. Reynolds.
I learned three or four days ago there was a package for Genl. Reynolds at [Adam?] Express boat. I sent for it and found on examination that it consisted of half a dozen prs. of cotton socks, and two soft woolen undershirts from Philadelphia, directed to White House. I will forward them if it is at all possible. [Such?] _______ would be luxuries to a prisoner in Richmond, but if unable to get them thro’ the lines, I shall be very much tempted—in this out of the world place where nothing can be got for love or money—to assume the right of war and “confiscate”!
With kind regards to yourself & your sister Mrs. Evans, whom I do not know personally, & to Miss Ellie.
I remain yours sincerely, Chas. B. Lamborn
I am glad to hear “Jim” arrived safely in Lancaster with the General’s effects. Whatever news reaches me of Genl. Reynolds I will forward you from time to time.