Aug 31 1861 Wrote my father, “All I fear is that too much may be expected of me”

Aug 31 1861 Wrote my Father, “There has been no move made affecting me which has not been complimentary rather than otherwise though calculated to keep me laboriously employed.  I was sent to Ironton when the place was weak and threatened with a superior force and as soon as it was rendered secure was ordered to Jefferson City, another point threatened.  I was left there but a week when orders were sent me ordering to this point putting me in command of all the forces in S. E. Mo., South Ill. and everything that can operate here.  All I fear is that too much may be expected of me.  My duties will absorb my entire attention and I shall try not to disappoint the good people of Ill. who, I learn from every quarter, express an enthusiasm for me that was wholly unexpected.”

Autographed Letter, Rosenbach Foundation, Philadelphia, Pa.

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