Washington City, August 25, 1862.
Dear Uncle: — Our men are in the cars expecting to cross to the scene of war (Warrenton) every moment. After ten days' marching, etc., etc., we got here this A. M. Things here look improving. The troops are pouring in from all directions, and unless the enemy get some success soon, they will be too late. There seems to be some fighting in the front. We shall be in it, if it continues. I think it will all go well. We are gaining strength every hour.
The Kirkwood House here is the place where Dr. Webb and I will be reported in case of accident.
R. B. Hayes.
SOURCE: Charles Richard Williams, editor, Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes, Volume 2, p. 331