CAMP PIERPONT, VA., December 31, 1861.
Do you know, to-day is our wedding-day and my birthday. Twenty-one years ago we pledged our faith to each other, and I doubt if any other couple live who, with all the ups and downs of life, have had more happiness with each other than you and I. I trust a merciful Providence will spare us both to celebrate yet many returns of the day, and that we shall see our children advancing in life prosperously and happily.
SOURCE: George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Vol. 1, p. 241