Your very welcome letter, dated March 7th and 10th was received this morning, and as I had waited two weeks for one, I was very much pleased at receiving it.
This has been one of the happiest days of my life. What do you think of the glorious news? The taking of Richmond and Petersburg and the surrender of Lee and his army to our forces? Our city has been in a state of great excitement all day, in consequence of the joyful news. Flags are waving to the breeze in all directions and I never saw Baltimore St. so thronged with people, not even on the famous 19th, 20th, and 21st of April '61. The people seem wild with joy, and I have been so much excited all day and