Camp Pierpont, Va.

Feb. 22, 1862


My dear Sister,

Your letter of the 9th inst. containing the views from the War Press came to hand safely.  They are tolerable for sketches tho’ they convey no idea of the land and roads at the present time.  Ask Harry what he thinks of the move in Kentucky.  I enclose you Sam R's cheque on the Farmer’s bank of Lancaster for $56 82/100, which I wish Harry would invest with the balance you mention in the Gov't loan.

Sam's account of the Settlement with Mr. Buchanan was very gratifying to me.  It is one link on the chain of the Estate strengthened—I wish Jim would straighten those in his hands.  We ought then to obtain some idea of where we all are in this matter.  I hope to hear in your next of Kate's recovery from her neuralgia troubles and that Lydia's children have escaped the measles, tho' I do not know but it would be better they should have them when you are prepared and on the watch for them than to be always in dread of them.  We have been pretty much gotten over rejoicing over the good news from Kentucky.  Still cheering accounts come to us from the south, Tennessee and Alabama, disclosing to the world the iniquity and the tyranny of the leaders of this rebellion.  I think the Gun Boat expedition up the Tennessee was one of grandest exploits of the war and was conducted in a bold, masterly manner and the thorough manner in which it was made entitles Comdr. Phelps to great credit.  Today we celebrated in Camp by stirring up the Cavalry Pickets of the Rebels.  Gen'l Smith sent out from his division a large force early this morning and bagged 8 or 9 of the Surprised Cavalry and you will no doubt see a full account of the exploit in the Phila. papers.  The Cameron Dragoons performed it.  We had a Regt. and Brigade out but there was nothing in our front.

With much love to all believe me your affectionate Brother

John F. Reynolds


Miss H.S. Reynolds

         Phila, Pa.