Sept. 18 1862
My dear Sisters,
I left Chambersburg Pa. yesterday and came on to the Battlefield last night. I had to get my troops on the field at Gen'l McClellan's request, but they do not seem to relish the idea and I do not know what will be the upshot of the affair. I think if the Penna. Militia did not turn out to fight they had better have remained at home. — The Battle here was limited yesterday. It has not been resumed today. We had rather the advantage of the Rebels I think, tho' not much to boast of. Gen'l Mansfield was killed. Gen'ls Hooker, Dana, and Sedgwick wounded.
In haste believe me your affectionate brother
John F. Reynolds