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[251] he rode off laughing, and said: ‘It would make you too vain.’ He never told us, but we felt sure it was something good, and, if possible, we were more willing than ever to do just what Marse Robert wanted done.

I have written more then I intended, but I suppose you know when an old soldier gets to fighting his battles over, he is hard to stop.

Yours, &c.,

M. S. Stringfellow, Co. A. Thirteenth Virginia Infantry, C. S. A.

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