Letter, Robert Corry to Eliza Corry
Camp near Corinth
June 17, 1864
This is Sunday and a very dull and hot day in camp. Have been excessively stupid and dull of a day or two. This morning I lay down and took a nap of 3 hours and am this minute just as sleepy as I can be. We moved from Baldwin here on Thursday. And I suppose will remain here for several days in order to recruit and stock some. And they need rest very much for many of them gave out in pursuit of the Yanks last week. Mine went as far as any of them, gave out in a drag along that nearly tired me to death. I do not know how many prisoners have been captured up to this time as our men are yet picking small squads up occasionally. When we left Baldwin, 1200 had been sent off and now more here on the way that were captured at LaGrange. Over two fine army wagons with harnesses and some of them ready hitched for traveling with sixteen pieces of artillery, and a great number of guns, cart. boxes, and etc. fell into our hands. This was a complete Victory and paid us well. Our losses are estimated by Gen. Forrest at 500 killed and wounded. Don't know how much hurt of the enemy but suppose their losses were hundreds more than ours as they retreated in such great confusion and in such a fright that our men killed and wounded them all along the road. Old Sturgis with his unleached warriors will no doubt take a long rest before they attempt to ride rough shod over Forrest again. We are camped 22 miles south of Corinth, the nearest point where there is timber sufficient to shade our Brigade. For 2 or 3 miles in every direction from town the timber has been cut down and over all this huge clearing there is a great abundance of grass of every description. And if we could only get a few ears of corn a day, our stock would soon pick up. So far we have had very little owing to the want of transportation. I suppose men commenced putting up the wires yesterday from this point, Tuscumbia, and we are expecting an engine that has been undergoing repairs in a very short time. And as soon as it arrives, I want to take up a good supply of corn. Tell Mother to borrow corn and keep her stock up for they will have to be fed pretty well this winter as so much rain has given the grass such a good chance to grow and will require heavy and constant ploughing to get rid of it.
I took supper yesterday with my old sweetheart, Miss Lizzie Young, and got her to have some washing done for me. She begins to look a little old maidish but is still as clever and good as she can be. I shall call on her again as she calls me Cousin Bob so sweetly and writes me so cordially to do so.
I would not be surprised that we won't go over the Tenn. River when we move from here, or we may go to Cherokee when the cars get to running. That would be so bad for me, wouldn't it, dear? I am beginning to want to see you right bad again, darling Lizzie, and our precious little girls. I think very often of my own dear wife and wish so much for the war to end that we might be forever together. Won't we be so happy, darling wife, loving and being loved, and then our little "treasures" will be such a great comfort and blessing to us. The fourth will not be too many. Johnie is very well and has a nice good place that I hope he will keep. I sent you a short note from Tupelo by Mr. Westinghouse care of Mrs. Rutland. Give my love to Mother and sisters. Kiss the children for Father, and just consider that I would give a thousand if I only had a chance. I expect to send this by Emmett Cockwell, who is thinking of going up in the morning. Write to me as soon as you can, my own darling wife.
Your affectionate Husband
R. E. Corry