I have just returned from the sector which was occupied by Mo's regiment. There I heard that he was officially reported as missing. I at once made inquiries into the circumstances, and thought I would write you what I found out. I know you must have already heard the main facts, but being on the spot immediately after, I might have found some things you do not know.
Mo's Company tho' at the front was not in the front line at the time. A patrol was being organised for that night, and volunteers were asked for. Mo' immediately volunteered and was chosen. They went out that night in the dark in No Man's Land, and Moses, another Lieut. and a Sergeant were about 100 yards ahead of their men. The other Lieut. stopped after they had proceeded a way, and asked if they hadn't gone far enough. He replied "I'm game if you are" and on they went, pistol in hand. Suddenly without the slightest warning a German rose out of a shell hole and fired. Moses dropped, and the others beat it off, after the Sergeant had fired his pistol at the Boche. The Artillery on both sides then opened up and every one returned to their own lines—the Americans without Moses. No trace of him was found there later.
I know under circumstances like these how hard it is on you and Mrs. Taylor. With these facts before you, you know as much as anybody, and 1 dare not offer a suggestion either one way or the other.
I went into the front line at the point where these things happened, and could see the place very plainly in daylight. It was near a little town called Spada, just west of St. Mihiel. The lines are about one thousand yards apart there, and No man's Land looks very pedceful with a little brook flowing down the middle.
Moses was a very dear friend of mine, and in this moment of doubt and anxiety I want to offer you all my sympathy. There is one thing that we know now at any rate, that when he fell he was leading his men, himself in the post of danger, like the brave and gallant gentleman he is. I think Heaven will take care of such as he and everything will turn out all right.