Letter, Robert Corry to Eliza Corry
[This letter is not dated but Eliza's birthday was February 22 and Mamie was February 24, days mentioned in the letter. Written on the outside of letter: Written on 25th ; Send a book to children; Dr. Byant will please leave this at Mr. Smiths or Mr. Rutlands and oblige REC]
[This letter was written on February 25, 1865]
My dear Wife,
Dr. Byant says he will start down to Cherokee in the morning and I will write this another letter hoping that it may reach you. Since leaving you I have written 3 or 4 but could meet with no chance of sending excepting one that I sent by Captain Doan, and If he has failed in delivering that I expect you are as mad with me as I am with you for negligence. I expected one, dear wife, by Guy Smith and waited with so much impatience for his coming that the disappointment really vexed me, and then in a short time Alf came and said that he saw you on Friday and told you that he was coming on Saturday. He came by and did not even bring me a message, but I shall not quarrel with you, dear wife, if I did feel so badly as you have heretofore been very good in writing me. Guy and Alf said you were all well. I am so glad to hear this much, for it is enough for one to bear so many troubles where they are feeling well, and I know that you are all in trouble now. The Yankees making frequent raids near you and looking for them every day. I have not been able to hear whether they have been at Mother's or not, I hope and pray that they have not or will be again. Heard that a dozen or more had been to sister's but could not learn whether they did any mischief or not. The rascals that came to Tuscumbia and Russellville may have skipped you everything so far as I know and now our regiment is going South and I may not hear from my dear ones in a great while. I can hardly bear the thought of going off without seeing or hearing from you in some way but the "powers that be" care not for this and I suppose it is my duty to go on where ever bid without murmuring. O, how I wish to be a free man again without masters or mistress save your own dear indulgent self. I could serve willingly and happily for you would smile upon and love me. I think a great deal about you and our little ones-more than I ever did before, and although I have been from you only a little while I am more anxious to see you before going to Tusculoosa, but the regiment will start on Monday and I might not meet with anyone to go through the mountains with me, and besides my horse is too lame to ride, and I fear will never be of any value again as he has been lame for more than two weeks and is not improving any. When we move, I will have to hitch him to rear of a wagon and walk unless I can borrow one from someone in the reg't. If I knew he would be of any service to Mother towards making a crop I would send him down, and run the risk of borrowing until the war is over as I am not able to buy one.
How are you getting along, dear one, with your little boy and the dear little girls. I hope they are the best children in the world and do not cause you much trouble. You must have all the patience you can, my darling Lizzie, looking forward to some happiness and use in the future. This hope of this sustains me many times when I would give way. Tell "Mamie" I remember yesterday, (her 7th birthday) as well as yours, my sweet wife, but could not celebrate them in anyway only by thinking of you. You must take good care of the dear little girls and especially of the little boy who I hope will be a fine little fellow when I see him again, but you must not tax yourself too much with them for remember that I shall expect to find you looking well and hearty. I am afraid that Sam is not doing much ploughing. He will have to keep the boys at it and stand picket himself. I have no peace news to communicate and feel that we will have to fight on to the bitter end, but something may turn up in our favor sometime. Keep in good spirits and do not think too much about the war. Give my love to all and kiss the children for Papa and may God bless and preserve you all is the sincere wish of your
own affectionate husband
R. E. C.