Columbus, October 23, 1862.
Dear Uncle: — Laura married and off yesterday — all sensible and happy. We had a delightful visit to the boys and kin at Pickaway and Ross Counties. Lucy drove young Ned to Chillicothe and back from here. He is a safe horse and Platt expects to send him back to you when he begins to use his colt. My arm mends very slowly. Mother and all here well. I am to be colonel of [the] Twenty-third and to go to western Virginia. Shan’t go for seme weeks. Lucy goes home to Cincinnati next week — about the last of the week. My regards to all.
S. Birchard. R. B. Hayes.