CAMP SHILOH NEAR PITTSBUBGH, TENN.,
April 16, 1862.
Hon. JOHN SHERMAN, Washington, D.C.
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My division is made up mostly of new regiments, some of which behaved well and others badly, but I hope by patience to make it as good as any other division in the Army.
Since the battle I have been up to Chickasaw, from which point I caused the destruction of the Charleston and Memphis Railroad at its crossing over Bear Creek, a valuable piece of service.
My right hand is temporarily disabled by inflammation from a wound, but with good luck will be all right in a week.
I believe that our hardest fighting is yet to be done, but I have absolute faith in Generals Halleck, Buell, and Grant.
Affectionately your Brother,
W. T. SHERMAN.
SOURCE: Rachel Sherman Thorndike, Editor, The Sherman letters: correspondence between General and Senator Sherman from 1837 to 1891, p. 141