furniture broken and destroyed, and no doubt the former occupants destitute and among friends but little better off than themselvs. Soldiers who fight battles do not experience half their horrors. All the hardships come upon the weak, I cannot say innofensive, women and children. I believe these latter are wors rebels than the soldiers who fight against us. The latter mostly are heartily tired of the war. This is the evidence of prisoners and deserters who come in at least.
It is no[w] pretty certain that we will take near 10.000 prisoners, 20,000 stand of arms and now doubt a greater number of men have deserted and will be lost to the rebel army than the whole number taken.
Give my love to all at home. Kiss the children for me and accept the same to yourself.
June 7th 1862
HON. A. LINCOLN
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
WASHINGTON D. C.
I would most respectfully recommend the name of Major I. N. Cook, paymaster U. S. Army, to be transfered from the Volunteer to the regular service. —To Major Cook more than any one else are the Western troops indebted for the promptness with which