Camp Hayes, April 6, 1862.
Dear Mother: — . . . We are to move southward before this will reach you, and before you will hear from me again. . . . We are now about beginning our campaign. Your philosophy as to what befalls us is the true one: What is best for us will occur. I am satisfied that we are doing an important duty, and do not, therefore, feel much anxiety about consequences. . . .
The pleasantest thing in this part of our work is that, in this region, the best people are on our side. We are not in an enemy's country.
[R. B. Hayes.]
Mrs. Sophia Hayes.
SOURCE: Charles Richard Williams, editor, Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes, Volume 2, p. 224