August 6th 1863

 

I have just received your letter of 4th inst. Miss Ellie, and thank you heartily for your kindness, but should you ever use the word “trouble” again, in reference to anything you ask me to do I shall wax indignant, for you know that nothing will give me greater pleasure than to be able to serve you in any manner whatever.

I have sent to the First Corps to make the inquiries you desire about the pictures, and will see Vail soon.  I found on my return that I had no carte de visite left, but when I have some taken which I will endeavor to do soon, I shall send you the first of them.

May I ask you to send the photograph of the General you intend for me, to the artist who colored that in your parlor; for I wish to have mine colored also, and let me know his address.

It was melancholy indeed to come back to the army—to the old Corps—and see no more the face of him we so loved and respected.  I never will see the man who can fill his place in the hearts of those who knew him.  It is pleasant to hear the tributes to his memory from the lips of all in the army here—even our enemies.  Genl. Meade in speaking of the General to me said that he would “rather have lost twenty thousand men, for the country’s sake, than Reynolds.”  And a Rebel Lieut. Col. taken at Gettysburg, when some one remarked that the greatest loss the Rebels had had was Jackson, said that “they could far better spare Jackson than we could Reynolds,” and he spoke truly.

Capt. Weld is with Genl. Newton at present, and he and Capt. Mitchell beg to be remembered to you & your sisters.

I am, Miss Ellie,

Faithfully your friend,

William Riddle