Washington, D.C. May 25/61
You reqest a letter, & here it is. I want you to give my respects to Edward McClernand, and tell him that I feel very sorry about his mother, and one more thing.
Colonel E. E. Ellsworth went over to Alexandra, Va, and determined to take ^the^ secession flag down of the Marshall house. So he rushed up the steps untill he reached the pole, took down the flag, wrapped it around him (8 men with him), and coming down the steps (his comrade, Brownell, being in front of him) & Jackson (a secessionist) behind him, shot him. Immediately his (ellsworths) comrades) went & killed Jackson.
From the President of the United States
Jno. G. Nicolay
Master Henry Remann,
care of T Y.