I knew "General" McClellan was unfit as a leader. I use quotations to show the irony that he ever held such a title. General implies the highest level of military knowledge, the keenest eye for detail, and a passion driven by fight. Though attacks should be planned, they must sometimes be planned on a short notice. When a side in war has an advantage, they should take it. Not let if fade away as more than half a month passes by. McClellan has about as much fight in him as a flower. I felt all but sympathy for him when he was thrown out of position. Though his spot will soon be reclaimed, I am determined to take it. Against all odds we managed to get the upperhand in Antietam, and that swine managed to ruin it. We can get thousands of men over a bridge in 2 hours, but we can't get them to fight for 18 days. I have no doubt that we'd have one this war already if anyone else was in control. This war might go on for years more if the rebels keep putting up a fight like that. We had more numbers, better training, and all the odds in our favor, we did reclaim the town but that victory should have been for the whole war. Though McClellan ruined this opportunity, we do have Antietam, and with him out of the way, we now have a chance.
Though it pains me to leave you once more, I have reenlisted in the army. With the horrid state of our country, now countries, only getting worse, I see it time that I put myself forth for the sake of the United States. As a colonel, I am of quite high authority, I feel responsible for these bounds of brave volunteers fighting against the blasphemous idea of owning other humans, so I shall lead them nobly. I do not, however; like the sight of our general, Mr. McClellan. He seems unfit as a leader of such a rank. I do hope that one day I can prove I am better suited as a general. I shall not jump the gun, but when the time comes I know I will have to step in. I am entirely confident we shall win this war, with our superior numbers and technology, I'd be surprised if this lasted long at all. It would take a military genius to even threaten us. Though I'm sure we'll win, I shall not raise my glass until this is all over. Enough about me now, how is the business going? I've heard good things from workers at the tannery. It must be very stressful, but I am extremely proud of you. Make sure with all this you still have time for the kids. You know Freddy doesn't like it when you are away for too long. He hates taking care of the others. Nellie won't stay quiet without you around. Tell them all I wish them the best. Take care of yourself too, my beloved.