Your note of the 10th inst. is received.
I continue in the same disposition as when I wrote you on the 22d of last December.
If you are anxious to see service or think your duty requires you to do so, I shall be very glad to avail myself of your services, and the best position for you is the one I indicated — that of Volunteer Aide.
This will leave you free and independent; and enable you, whenever you have seen the elephant, or have satisfied the demands of duty, to return to your family without embarrassment.
If the Governor
will confer on you the commission of Lieutenant-Colonel
, it will give you the right to wear the uniform and bear the title, and I can arrange here for the position you will occupy.
You will require two good horses, a competent man to take care of them, and the smallest outfit that you can well get along with, as our transportation is limited.
You can take your own time in joining, as you come in an independent position.
Now I beg you will let Mrs. Lyman
understand that this is all your doings;
and that she must not hold me responsible for anything beyond not throwing obstacles in your way, which, in view of your very agreeable company, she could hardly expect me to do.
[Armed with this letter Lyman
was soon in the possession of his commission as Lieutenant-Colonel
in the Massachusetts Militia, and received a special order giving him a furlough for a year, and detailing him to serve on the staff of General Meade
. “God give me,” he writes, “proper qualities to discharge my duties.”
A few hurried days busy in buying horses and equipment, and he was ready to start.
His journal closes with these words before leaving for the front: “A most splendid day. Mimi went with me a pleasant walk in the woods, ”