Letter, Eliza Corry to Robert Corry

Friday Night, Dec. 19, 1863

My own dear husband,

It is a late hour at night and very cold, but Capt. Mitchel is here and I have just learned that he is going to Tuscumbia tomorrow so I can't resist writing to you with the hope that this will reach you. I have written to you but once since you left, which was the only opportunity I've had. That was by Mr. Erwin, but he was going into W. Tenn. and I fear you did not get it. I know you are very anxious to hear from us. And securing your letters and writing to you are my chief pleasures, but I have very few chances of sending them

Since you left, my health until the past two weeks has been very little better than when you were here. Those aggravating chills would come occasionally. Now I am quite well with the exception of a cold and hope I may continue so during the winter for the little ones miss my attention sadly when I am sick. They have all kept remarkable well. Little Hallie suffered with the toothache for two or three days last week and her lip suffered a great deal, but now she is very well and a big rascal. She talks of "Father" everyday so you must not fear her forgetting you. She says you are going to bring "some candy and nice shoes."

The children grieve a good deal over the loss of their pet colt, "Rose." She was left in the lot alone the other day while the mules were gone and as they were late at night getting home, she must have got restless. She got into the pond and was found mired entirely down and dead. It seems as if we are fortunate in having bad luck.

Sister heard from Bro. Tom about ten days since, Lonny Mhoon came directly from there. Dr. Desprez wrote and said Bro. T was quite sick with typhoid fever. He was out hunting a few days previous to being taken sick and fell in among the Yanks who took him prisoner and kept him in Helena a few days and sent him back home. The doctor wrote that he thought Bro. T would be here by Christmas and wanted Sister to be ready to move immediately. Had sent a man to So. Ala. to hunt a place and intended moving everything from the bottom as he considers that country unsafe. He seemed anxious that Mother should move also. I hardly think she will, but if she does, I think I shall stay here for I have nothing but a few household chattels and as could move nothing had rather stay. Besides I know I shall be able to see and hear from you oftener here than in So. Ala.

I have been trying, too, to sell our cotton for 10 cents a pound in gold, don't know that I shall succeed. Parris, the Yankee, has been to the bottom and he and Clinch are trying to swap places. Parris is to join Williams Co. up here and then go down and join the company Clinch is in. And C is to come up here and take his place in Capt. W.'s Co. Mary will come up and live at her father's. The Negroes will be moved back somewhere. We heard that Parris had been up to the company and did not succeed in getting in.

We have not seen or heard directly from Johnie since a day or two after you were here. The reg't seems to be scattered about considerably.

Ike has been over once since you left. He brought us some ducks and squirrels. Will not go back to the command until Col. H. goes, sometime after Christmas. He sent your things all over and it makes me feel so bad, darling, to see your nice warm drawers and know how much you are needing them in this cold weather. I don't know when I'll have a chance to send them unless Ike goes there instead of Tenn. He says he is going to supply himself well with clothing and will furnish you if you need them.

Mother got 1500 lbs pork from McPerson this week so you see we are not starving, and Sam went up and got the molasses you were so good as to get. It is excellent and we relish it very much. I do hope you will come by Christmas and help us pull candy.

I never wanted to see you so much, my dear Robert, and but for the little ones would have been with you by now. Oh, if you can get off, do come! Take good care of yourself and be glad you are not on a scout in this dreadful weather. The babies are asleep but I send from them and me many kisses. Think of us often, dearest husband, and may God watch over and protect my husband.

Affectionally your wife

E. M. C.

At top of 1st page I read your letter last week sent by Mr. Orr.