Some personal observations.The soldiers among the pine trees and how they reserved their fire until the Federals were within easy Range— desperate struggle.
I am gratified to see so many articles on the ‘Close Call’ order since my first appeared. It may have inspired many old ‘vets’ to relate their experiences, more or less thrilling in their nature, and some of which are truly historic and very entertaining. General C. A. Evans, in commending me for starting the ball in motion, and speaking of these articles as ‘the rising cream of Confederate history,’ pleased me very much. We all must know that now is the time—a few years more it will be too late—to prepare and furnish such history, and the encouragement  your most popular paper has given to the matter has been noticed all over the country. I learn with much pleasure that many are preserving these articles for future reference. This, in part, together with solicitations from other sources, has prompted me to furnish still another, on the Bentonville battle.