Tullahoma, Tenn. July 7/63
My dear friends,
The melancholy news of the death of Genl. Reynolds has just reached me. As a late member of your brother’s staff permit me to express to you my earnest sympathy with you in your bereavement.
I feel that tho’ you have lost a brother, I have lost a warm personal friend. For more than eighteen months I was associated with him in the closest military intimacy, and my admiration for him as a soldier was only equaled by my sincere regard for him as a man.
His family and his friends mourn him for his private virtues, and the country grieves for the loss of a true patriot and a gallant officer. She has few like him to spare, and none to fill his place.
His old Corps were devotedly attached to him, and they who followed him with love & enthusiasm while he lived, will not allow his memory to fade in the grave. His life was an example & his death a victory, and in my faith in divine justice I feel that he hath now the reward of good services and the starry crown.
I am with sincere respect,
Chas. B. Lamborn
Lt. Col., Anderson Cavalry
Late A.D.C. to
Maj. Genl. Reynolds
Misses Harriet & Ellie