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April, 1863. April, 1 Adjutant Wilson received a letter to-day, written in a hand that bespoke the writer to be feminine. He looked at the name, but could not recollect having heard it before. The writer assured him, however, that she was an old friend, and said many tender and complimentary things of him. He tried to think; called the roll of his lady friends, but the advantage, as people say, which the writer had of him was entirely too great. If he had ever heard the name, he foun
xiously over the matter until my orderly returned, with the envelope marked W. S. R., the army mode of acknowledging receipt of letter or order.
Fifteen minutes later this reply came:
Headquarters Department of the Cumberland, Murfreesboro, April, 1863.
my dear General-I have just received the inclosed note, marked Private, but addressed to me as commanding the Department of the Cumberland.
It compromises you in so many ways that I return it to you. I am your friend, and regretted that t