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The following letter is from Lt. A.R. Botcher to the Confederate Secretary of War commending Lt. Dale.
The following is the typed, translated text from the letter that follows:
House of Representatives, Richmond
March 22nd 1862
Honorable J. P. Benjamin
Acting Secretary of War
It affords me much pleasure to commend to your favorable attention the enclosed letter in behalf of Lt. Dale, as I am well acquainted with the young gentlemen – have witnessed his conduct in the army, am convinced that there is no more efficient and faithful Officer of his grade in the Confederate Service.
Your Lieutenant (sic)
A. R. Botcher