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Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), I. First months (search)
ent on the topic and strongly urged against it. But what's the use? A man must march when it is his plain duty; and all the more if he has had, in this world, more than his slice of cake! On August 10th Lyman wrote the following letter to General Meade, in command of the Army of the Potomac:-- As your time is valuable I will write in few words. I arrived here from Europe, with my family, some few weeks since; all well. In your letter to me, dated, Camp opposite Fredericksburg, December 22, 1862, you were kind enough to say: I shall be delighted to have you on my staff ; and you go on to suggest that I should come as Volunteer aide with a commission from the Governor of the state, and getting no pay; only forage for my horses. I clearly understand that this is no promise, only an expression of good will. Therefore I ask you frankly if you are now able and willing to take me as a Volunteer Aide? I am assured that Governor Andrew would, for his part, give me a commission. My