Gen. Lander, a short time before his death, was requested to furnish materials for his biography, to be published in the forthcoming work entitled: The Officers of the Union Army and Navy, their Lives and Portraits. In replying, he wrote the following characteristic letter:
headquarters camp Kelly, January 24, 1862.
dear Sirs: I do not know any event of my life that in public opinion would be worth noting.
I have no time to write history, though I am obliged for the kindness which prompted you to ask me to do so.
My public services have been greatly over-estimated, and if you could know the very poor opinion I entertain of myself and others now charged with the holy mission of preserving this republic, you would never ask it. I and, most respectfully yours,
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