TO THE POINT
Editor: Your pencil article, "A Case in Point" by William Ecenbarger [July 14], is the best writing I've seen in your magazine in years. How about another worthwhile article by him?
Editor: As a mother of an active sports playing son, I could really relate to "The Girls of Summer" [July 14] article by Michael Davis. It reminded me of the time I coached my son's soccer team when he was five, and how most of the kids, him included, became paralyzed with fear if the ball came anywhere near them. . . . Excluding his first year playing soccer . . . and his first year playing lacrosse . . . my son has never failed to do his best. So, Mr. Davis, hang on to your hat, the best of Little League play is yet to come!
Editor: I would like to express my appreciation of Michael Davis' article "The Girls of Summer." Girls' sports rarely receive the attention and support of boys' sports, and Mr. Davis' article, with its humorous yet poignant narrative, will go a long way in achieving much-needed recognition for young female athletes.
Margaret A. Neal
Public Relations Coordinator
Department of Recreation and Parks
Editor: I must say that "The Girls of Summer" is one of the funniest things I ever read. So true. Thank you, Michael Davis.
Editor: I was fascinated by Carleton Jones' article on Civil War Gen. Benjamin Franklin Kelley (Back Tracks, July 21) but surprised that no mention was made of one of the most colorful incidents of his career: his capture in Maryland, along with that of Gen. George Crook, by a small force of Confederate partisan rangers under Jesse McNeill in the winter of 1865.
McNeill led a band of 63 men one February night through heavy snow into the heart of Union-occupied Cumberland and at 3 a.m. plucked both Kelley and Crook from their beds in the Barnum and Revere hotels. . . .
As they were being taken through the mountains on their way to their eventual reception in Richmond, General Crook was heard to remark to his captors, "Gentlemen, this is the most brilliant exploit of the war." . . .
Virgil Carrington Jones describes this misadventure in detail in his classic "Gray Ghosts and Rebel Raiders."
Charles J. Scheve
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