Hd. Qrs. First Army Corps

Culpeper C.H., Va.

Jany. 21st 1864

 

To

Miss Ellie Reynolds,

1829 Spruce Street

Philadelphia

 

Since last August it has been the intention of the First Army Corps to give a substantial expression of its high veneration for the memory of its late and lamented commander.  The exigencies of active campaign prevented any steps being taken in our labor of love, and not until within the last few weeks has the Corps been so located that a meeting of the officers could be held.

On the fifth of January, in the Baptist church of this village, the officers met, and appointed the following gentlemen as the “Controlling Committee,” for the purpose of receiving subscriptions, selecting the design for the monument, and to have charge of all business growing out of it.

Brig. Genl. Baxter, 2d Divn., Chairman; Col. J. Wm. Hofmann, 56th Pa. Vols., 1st Divn.; Col. E.L. Dana, 143d Pa. Vols., 3d Divn.; Surgn. J. Theo. Heard, Med. Div. Corps., Treasurer; Capt. C. M’Clure, Actg. Chf. C.S., Secretary.  The meeting then decided that no inscription shall be placed upon the monument other than the name and military title, the date & place of birth, and the date and place of his decease; and “To his memory by the officers and soldiers of the First Army Corps,” for history will record his epitaph in letters of gold.

The meeting limited the subscription so that no officer shall give more than five dollars, and no enlisted man more than fifty cents.  As there are not more than five thousand of the old soldiers now present in the Corps, I am told; we feared that with this limitation but a small sum could be raised.  However, we find that five thousand dollars has already been pledged, and as all the returns have not yet been received, we think that the amount will reach seven thousand dollars, when all have the opportunity of subscribing.

In August I met Governor Curtin and asked permission to place the monument at Gettysburg, in the event of our erecting one.  He declined, saying that the state would do so, and had a prior claim to that spot.  Through the kindness of Capt. Mitchell we solicited the privilege of placing it over the remains, and you were so gracious as to grant the request of the military family.  Since then the Governor in his message informed the state that it is our intention to erect it at Gettysburg.  Now that we have accorded to us the selection of either place, or the spot upon which he fell, we wish to be guided solely by the inclination of the relatives, and have taken the liberty of addressing you on the subject, hoping that you will be so kind as to inform the Committee, through me, of your decision.

I am, with profound respect,

Your servant,

Charles M’Clure,

Secretary