Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from John Conser to Juliana Smith Reynolds, September 5, 1864
When I return to the regiment after the Death of Col Craig my rank Plased me in command of the regiment Which is a Great responsibility. The regiment is now mostly recruts and they are harder to controle than the old men. I am held responsible for the Disiplin and training of the men. I cannot tell what position I Will Occupy yet. I have sent for a Commission as Col of the regt but we have not men a nough at present to Entitle us to a Col. I May get a commission as Major I will know before long.
Tilton is well. He is clerking for me and I Cannot Get along without him. I Will try and do the best I can for him. We have had a Good time with the rebs for a few days. We had Privalege to talk to them all. We wanted they appeare very friendly. The first question they would ask was concerning the Chicago convention. They appear more Interested about it than we do. They think if the Democrats Gets into [Tour?] they will Get their Independence. There is a Great many Deserting and coming over every day.
You stated that you would like to have a corespondence with me. I would like very much if you would write to me. I will try and answer you as often as I can. My respects to Thomas and all that Enquire and I will Ever remain you Cousin. Truly