Camp White, May 2, 1863.
Dearest L—: — Yours and the monthlies were handed me last night. No hurry about the “duds.” As for shoulder-straps, it would make no difference how it's done if it's according to custom or regulations. I don't want to start a new fashion. Regulations require straps of a certain size, color, etc., a silver eagle, etc., etc. I would sooner have simply the eagle than a strap twice as big as the rule, but of no importance. Glad to get the monthlies.
We are fortifying, partly to occupy time, partly to be safe. Will [shall] be at it some time.
Uncle talks of coming up. If he does, you may bring one or more of the boys if you can do so conveniently, and if he asks you. . . .
SOURCE: Charles Richard Williams, editor, Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes, Volume 2, p. 407-8