The letter which I wrote that day from the field of battle was as follows:
There is one letter that I find in the public records which I have never seen till now. I shall prize it as I do the “thanks of Congress.” It is from Sherman, addressed to Schofield the evening of that memorable day. It reads:
General Howard's conduct to-day had an excellent effect on his command. After the firing had ceased, he walked the line, and the men gathered about him in the most affectionate manner, and he at once gained their hearts and their confidence. I deem this a perfect restoration to confidence in themselves and the leader of that army.