Copy of correspondence between Capt. Henry Hudnall, of the 2nd Co. Howitzers, and Robt. H. Power, M. D.
Nov. 8th, 1861. Dr. Power
--I am requested by my company to present to you, through Sergeant S. B. Hughes
, a service of silver, as a slight testimonial of their regard for you as a man, and in consideration of your kind and skillful attention to them as a physician, whilst they were encamped near you. They will ever remember you with gratitude, and by these mementoes they wish to be remembered by you. Allow me to add my own thanks for your kindness to my men, and my best wishes for the prosperity of yourself and family.
I have the honor to be, Yours, most truly, Henry Hudnall
2nd Co. Howitzers.
--Your favor, together with the service of silver, presented me by your company through Sergeant S. B. Hughes
, has been received.
Allow me to express to the gentlemen of your command, my thanks for this testimonial of their kindness, and to assure them it will be very highly appreciated by me, as a memento of an agreeable acquaintance.
When I offered to your company, during their encampment near my house, my professional services, it was without the prospect of reward, except the conscientious approval of my own breast, of doing what I conceived to be my duty; and, to avail myself the first opportunity, as a citizen of York county
, to contribute to the 2nd Co. of Howitzers, my humble share towards liquidating the debt of gratitude, which we feel we owed to them, for the gallant manner in which they defended our homes from the invasion of a common enemy.
The cordial manner with which I was always greeted by your men, and the expressions of gratitude which they invariably offered on every visit to them, both day and night, were to me evidence of the fact, that my services were kindly received and appreciated by them, and went far to lighten the duties and anxieties incident to an arduous professional life.
It is my earnest wish and prayer, that the same kind Providence
, who so signally watched over and protected them in the day of battle, will continue to throw around them the guardian arm of protection, and when this unnatural and unholy strife shall cease, may they be permitted to return in the enjoyment of health to their homes, and to their friends, and receive from their country that grateful meed of praise to which their services so justly entitle them.
You will accept my thanks for the very kind and courteous manner in which you have been pleased to speak of me in tendering this memento, and accept, individually, my best wishes for your health and happiness.