To Mrs. Lyon.
Aug. 12, 1862.—The reason I have not written before is that I am flat on my back. I was attacked on Saturday night with pneumonia, very suddenly, and although much better have not sat up any since.
I got my commission this morning as Colonel of the 13th Regiment. As soon as I am able to close my affairs here I shall go to Columbus. I am not seriously sick, so do not be frightened. If I can get a short furlough I will do so. Do not under any circumstances try to get here, for it is utterly impossible now for a woman to get past Columbus.