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loss to me to have my faith in the knightly bearing of our army shaken even in a single instance. God grant that those reports of the officers of the Andersonville Prison may satisfac- torily explain whatever seemed inhuman or neglectful. Our enemy, I hoped, would have all the shame of torturing the help- less.
Like you, I regret that the report of Colonel Chandler was not laid before me. It is probable that the explanation of General Winder was satisfactory to General Cooper, for I have never known a man who more directly walked in the path of duty, regardless of personal bias, than General Cooper. Though he and General Winder had been cadets together and were friends, I think he would have notified me of the fact, if he had thought there was valid objection to W.'s promotion. As you do not refer to the replies from Andersonville, I infer they did not come under your notice.
Please give my kindest remembrance to Mrs. Chilton.
Having been for many years a sufferer by your present tor- mentor, neuralgia, let me suggest to you to diminish your office hours, increase your outdoor exercise and eat at regular hours.
Like many quack prescriptions, this may be recommended as not injurious, if not beneficial. I am, as ever, truly your friend,