Commerce, Mo., February 25, 1862.
We start to-morrow morning for ——— with from 25,000 to 40,000 men, who are all piled up here in all kinds of shifts. Our regiment takes the advance. At a venture I'll bet we get whaled, by vastly superior forces. Goodnight.
SOURCE: Charles Wright Wills, Army Life of an Illinois Soldier, p. 63