Harper's Weekly 05/17/1862

“Peoria, April 27, 1862.“To His Excellency Richard Yates, Governor, etc.,
Springfield, Illinois:

Dear Sir,—Permit us to thank you for the honor con-
ferred upon Peoria by your voluntary act in commissioning
Mrs. Belle Reynolds, of this city, to take rank as Major of
Illinois State Militia, showing your appreciation of valu-
able services so nobly rendered by a lady on the bloody
battle-field of Pittsburg Landing.

“And we take pleasure in bearing testimony to the high
moral and Christian character of the `Major,' believing
that in whatever circumstances she may be placed she will
ever honor her commission and the worthy Executive who
gave it.

Respectfully yours.'”

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