Letter from Orlando Gray to Juliana Smith Reynolds, November 29, 1861
In your letter you Speak of our Col not useing some of our Officers very well and of their being considerable dissatisfaction among the officers generally. Now I could say a good deal on this subject but will not in this letter and I dont know that I shall in any other for I do not wish to waste my time in writing nor have you waste your time in reading about matters which would be full as well if they were never mentioned. But for your special benifit I will endeavor to explain the condition of Affairs So that you can get a little insight into how these complaints arose. You say that you think our Col did not do justice to our Second Liut. Now if you were a military man instead of a kind hearted and patriotick woman I would think you were capable of judgeing whether our Col was capable of [?] the affairs of a regiment or not. But you being the latter and not the former I should ask you to defer your judgement at least until you hear All Sides of the question.
In the first place I think that the gentleman who complains ows his present condition in the Army to the very one that he now blames for not promoting him. But more than this there is no sense in the Complaint he makes from the fact that the position he wished to fill has never been made vacant only for the time being. Consequently if I were to resign my position on the Staff I would