Gallipolis, November 28, 1862 (P. M.)
Dearest: — Had a nice trip up the river. All accounts from the Twenty-third seem favorable for a tolerably decent winter. I go up in the morning. Met Captain Hood here. He goes up with me, also two or three soldiers.
Mr. French and eight men in hospital, all glad to see me. I wished you were with me on the way.
Love to all the boys and Grandma. Write often. With much love.
SOURCE: Charles Richard Williams, editor, Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes, Volume 2, p. 365