Letter, Robert Corry to Eliza Corry

Camp near Okolona

Nov. 25, 1863

My dear Lizzie,

Since coming here, we have been busy at least. I have been in getting shops and having horses shod for our expedition to west Tenn. We have had to turn over half of our wagons and teams and a good many tents- only leaving one fly for 12 men. Tomorrow we have to start with, I suppose, about 1500 men and we will be lucky if some of us don't pay a visit to Alton or some other miserable prison for I know that our leader the great go ahead Forrest is a rash man and fond of going into danger.

I Awaked@ up this morning thinking about my dear wife and children and wishing myself back under old Roddy's protection, but I am fearful that we have bid him a fond adieu. If Gen. Forrest does say that he will give the Alabamians transfers whenever they become dissatisfied with him, for one I would give up all my interest in the Spirit and Glory for the prestige of being near my dear wife and little ones, but we may do our Country better service here and it is the duty of a good soldier to obey orders and not complain.

I wrote to you, my dear, from Russelville and also once since we came here. Sent the letters in by Mr. Orr in care of Johnie. I hope you will get them for I had a great deal of say about my new linsey drawers, and about the molasses I sent to Mr. Halseys for you. I thought I would try and get you and the children something nice in Okolona, but have had no chance of going to town, but they say calico is worth .97 and .98 per yard, and everything else in proportion so it would take a larger pile than mine to do any trading here. The people are not near so clever here as they are up in Alabama, and don't think half as much of soldiers. If they give you a piece of corn bread and meat, you must pay well for it.

I do hope and trust that you and the children will keep in good health and have a good relish for what you will be able to get, and if anyone in that country who has anything to spare and suffers Mother and you to suffer or want for anything, I shall never cease disliking them and shall wish all manners of meanness about them. I wish that I knew how to advise you so as to make your pathway smooth and easy, but cannot. All I can say is keep in good spirits and never give in to the blues or evil forebodings. But I believe that you are not much guilty of this, and the advice would be more suitable for my case.

Don't let my sweet little girls forget me and tell them a great many things to make them love me. I know my darling wife will think too much of me. Give my love to Mother and Jennie, Hennie, and Sister- reserving a great deal for your own dear self. And don't forget to kiss our little Mamie, Mattie, and Hallie often for me. Tomorrow is poor little Hallie's birthday. I would write you a long letter but don't know that this will reach you. May God bless and protect you, my darling, from all harm is the sincere wish of your affectionate

R. E. Corry