Letter, Robert Corry to Eliza Corry

Pontotoc, Miss.

Nov. 30, 1863

My Own Dear Wife,

I wrote to you the day before we left Okalona and sent by a soldier in care of Wm. Robinson, Russelville, and a few days before that by Mr. Orr in care of Johnie. I hope the letters reached you but tis uncertain. Mr. Ernnie will start to his company in the morning via home and I know he will deliver the letter sooner or later. Wish that I had known it sooner so that I could have written you a long one, but it is nearly bed time now and cold in the tent, and besides my eyes are night sore. So you must excuse me, my darling, if this is short and otherwise defective.

Our regiment with all the others- don't know who- left here day before yesterday. Suppose for West Tenn., but on account of high water in the creeks have only gone 18 or 20 miles where they are getting artillery and across Hatchise- New Albany is the name of the place. Before leaving, our regiment was consolidated with McDonald's Battalion, Forrest's old regiment, temporarily the orders said, and Col. Brewer was put in command. Col. Wisdom left us before we reached Okalona and went by to see his family and came by here yesterday following the command. I hope he may be able to break the consolidation and fix it up in some way for us to get back with Roddy, where we properly belong. The new col. told McGregor that he must go along and leave me behind with the train which did not suit him much or me either for I had rather go with the regiment, and if they have gone to Tenn. sure enough and not just on a short scout, I shall feel badly, for I had made great calculations about getting you and those little darlings of ours some nice things about Jackson or Brownsville. Besides all this, I feel better when I am going all the time, yet I have escaped some very cold weather. Pontotoe is a poor place and expect we will have to leave here in a day or two on account of forage, and I think if the command has gone to Tenn. the wagon train will be ordered back to Okalona to remain until they return.

You have no idea, my darling, how much I want to see you and the precious little girls. I feel that I love you better than I ever did before and that it is almost impossible for me to remain down here any great length of time before I must go back to Alabama. "Alabama Again" is becoming quite a popular song already. I wrote to you in one of my letters about losing your dear picture at Mr. Tompson Scrugg's place and his finding it. You must be sure to try and get it and send by Mr. Ernnie or someone, and I will promise to take especial care of it in the future. My quilt is in Ike's wagon and also rug- probably they had better be left at home as there is not much likelihood of my getting them soon, but my drawers, you must send by someone. Will you urge Mr. Ernnie to bring them for me. When you see Ike, tell him he has played off long enough and that I would like to see him at his post again. If the regiment remains as it is, I expect McGregor's head will come off as well as my own- as they would give the older officers the preference. We had news here of Bragg's falling back across Chickamonga and I am fearful that they will be driven further down in Ga. This news makes me feel low spirited as it makes me feel that the war will still continue without end.

Remember me with much love to Mother and sisters Mary, Jennie, and Hennie and don't forget me. I am constantly thinking that some of you might be sick. You must make Mr. Ernnie come by when he starts back and have a long good letter for your "old man," and you must send them every chance. Goodnight, darling, with many kisses for you and the sleeping children, and may God bless and watch over you is the sincere wish of your husband

R. E. Corry

I wrote this in a big hurry.