"My whole heart warms at the thought of what these soldiers have done for me. It seemed so little that we could ever do in return. It is true that a homesick boy, with that unquenchable longing for domestic life implanted in some natures, found with our officers a real home. the cook bullied but often indulged and petted him. the officer and his family trusted him. And he apparently threw his whole heart into the affairs of those he served. After his enlistment was ended, the striker would write from home as if we belonged to him. and one, setting aside his awe of superior rank, sandwiched the commanding officer between his dog and horse in a postscript, 'Give my love to 'Bluch, the general, and 'Dandy."
I got the above out of the Cozzens anthology I'm currently going through, but you can find it in many places. Originally it either came out of one of her books (probably "Tenting..."), or even earlier in an article.
Elisabeth would know off the top of her head. <g>
No matter how good you are, you have to get there first...