Letter, Robert Corry to Eliza Corry

Tuscumbia, Ala.

Feb. 14, 1863

My dear Eliza,

Jimmy Rutland will start down in a few minutes and will have to make this short without the sweet. We have had orders to be ready to move to Bragward on Tuesday, but a few minutes since I heard that the orders were countermanded for the present. I do hope until the rainy season is over.

We have been favored more than I had any hope of, and in this stage of the game, I am not anxious to win distinction or honors. I don't care one cent if the war closes, and history leaves my name out of the book. All I want is peace and happiness with the privilege of being with you, my dear wife, and our little girls.

I have not written to mother yet. Will do so in a day or two. Wish you and the children could go to Atlanta, and in any case, we have to move from the valley. And the Yankees may come back. I want you to go. The cars will be running here in a few days. And then if you feel like making a visit, you can do so. My photograph is not finished yet. Will get it as soon as possible. Kiss the children for me and give my love to all. Vandorn's men are crossing the river. He went on yesterday.

Jimmy brought me a nice cravat from Miss Sue Barton for which you must give thanks unless you permit me to send a nice little note. Good-bye, my darling. I will see you as soon as possible.

Your affectionate husband,

R. E. Corry