Dated at Harrisburg, July 3d, Midnight, 1863

To James L. Reynolds, Esqr.


         I have hoped until now to be at the funeral of your brother and to testify by my presence something of the high esteem in which I held him as a gentleman and a soldier while he lived and the profound sorrow I feel at his death.  I know however he would not have wished me in these hours of peril to neglect the interests of the state he loved so well and in whose defence [sic] he so willingly died even to do honor to his memory.  As a General the whole nation honored and mourns him but Pennsylvania has reason to cherish with especial pride alike the noble qualities of character which led him to his high command and his chivalric courage on the historic field of battle where he closed his life so gloriously.

A.G. Curtin



Gov. Curtin

July 3/63

Death of John