Letter by Brig. Gen. Micah Jenkins to Longstreet's aide, Thomas J. Goree [Goree Family Papers].
Hd. Qrs., Petersburg, Va.
Aug. 10, 1863.
My Dear Friend,
As you have once again gotten within reach, I take advantage of Mr Reily's going up to your Hd Qrs. To send a few lives of remembrance.
I have had a very pleasant time indeed, the Hospitalities of Richmond & this city having been unsparing. We have made most charming lady friends & had very old comrades here in safety, I could not have been situated more to my pleasure. But I have been longing to be with you all the time and have made most earnest exertions to that effect. Have you all forgotten us? If not can not another effort still bring me to you. My brigade is in the best possible discipline & spirits & strong in numbers.
I volunteered to go to Charleston & drive the Yankees off Morris Island, submitting a place of attack through Col. Chesnut to President Davis. The President approved the plan said my troops were the troops & I the officer to make it, but that he could not spare me from Richmond.
I am now at Petersburg in command & have a considerable force under me; but I would rather be back with Hood in the old Corps than here.
Present me with warmest regards to the Genl and my friends on the staff. Try & get leave to visit me for a short time, I want much to see you.
Your sincere friend,