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association of the officers of the two armies, who were engaged in the battle of Chickamauga, for preserving the battle lines and mark- ing the main points on the field with suitable monuments. I will be very glad to aid you so far as I can in this work, and to furnish what- ever information I may possess of the position of the division (Breck- inridge's) to which I belonged. I return the newspaper slip. Yours faithfully,
R. L. GIBSON. General H. V. BOYNTON.
LETTER FROM REPRESENTATIVE WHEELER.
No one in the Army of the Cumberland need be told who General Wheeler is, for either in fact or in rumor, and generally the former, he was always around. He commanded Bragg' s cavalry corps at Chickamauga. He writes :
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, U. S.,
WASHINGTON, D. C, December 12, 1888.
General H. V. BOYNTON :
MY DEAR GENERAL, Pray accept my acknowledgements of the compliment involved in your implied suggestion that I might add to or improve in any way your admirable plan for the organization of a Chickamauga Memorial Association.
I think the design most desirable, and concur most heartily and cordially with your views as to why it should be carried into effect, and the plan proposed seems to me to be so perfect that I could not presume to suggest any alteration.
I shall be most happy to co-operate with you in the execution of the project in any way in my power.
COMMUNICATION FROM GENERAL WRIGHT.
General Marcus J. Wright has long been the agent of the War Records office for the collection of Confederate records. He com- manded a brigade in Cheatham's noted division, and did hard work throughout the fight. He thus approves the plan :