Harrisburg, Pa. 26 Sept. 1862



Having relieved you from duty as commander of the Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia recently called for the defence [sic] of the state, I deem it proper to express my strong sense of the gratitude which Pennsylvania owes for the zeal, spirit, and ability which you brot [sic] to her service at a period when her homes and safety were threatened.  That for this security you left the command of your brave division the Pennsylvania Reserves thus loosing [sic] the opportunity of leading their gallant [cause?] at South Mountain and the Anteteim [sic] is a just demonstration of the true affection you bear for your native state which be assured her freemen reciprocate and for which in their behalf I am happy to make you this acknowledgement.

I have the honor to be

very respectfully

your [Obt. Svt.?]

A.G. Curtin


Brigadier General

         John F. Reynolds

                  United States Army