Letter, Robert Corry to Eliza Corry
[This is the last of the war letters. It was written ten days after General Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox, but General Nathan Bedford Forrest would not surrender until May 9, at Gainsville, Alabama. Forrest's troops were the last of those in the Confederate States Army east of the Mississippi River to lay down arms and surrender to the Union forces.]
Near Greensboro, Ala. April 19th, 1865
I have just got up from my hard bed and hardly have my eyes open, but I heard that someone will start for N. Ala. this morning, and although I sent you one two days since by Ike Goodloe, I am so homesick and love you so well I can't refrain from troubling you with a few lines.
Our regiment will remain here for a few days since and we may go up towards Tuscaloosa again or somewhere else, as we don't remain long in one place. The 4th and Mouland left yesterday for Ga., and Patterson's and Stuart's Bat. started for Dansville, N. Ala. last week. Some think that we will go up before a great while, but I am inclined to think otherwise as it would be impossible for us to subsist.
Darling wife, I am so anxious to see you. I feel that I could clasp you in my arms and keep you there forever. When will this dreadful war terminate? I hope soon for I am growing so sick of it especially as we are having reverses on every hand and have no encouragement in the world. We heard a day or two since of the fall of Mobile with the capture of 3000 prisoners and a large lot of cotton and government stores. I can't see what will become of our Eastern troops when all of this grain growing country is permanently in the enemy's lines. I have not heard anything further from Johnie. In my letter said that Coln. Wisdom and 300 or 400 men had made their escape from the enemy, but it turned out to be only a few officers, among them no Coln. W., Joe Patterson & co. I hope that many of them may yet get away as they can get them in a safe place, unless they hear of the fall of Mobile and take them there. When Mr. Hancock left yesterday, he asked me to keep John's things.. I have Johnie's clothing and will try and take care of them and in the event I run entirely out will examine his wardrobe.
I would give anything in the world to be with you and the children this morning. The fact is, darling, I can hardly refrain from running right off and going to you. How is my little boy getting on? I would not know him from any other child were I to see him away from your arms. I hope my little girls are quite well and are improving everyday, and that we may be permitted to see them grow up and be the smartest and the best women of the this country. God bless the little ones. I feel for them and fear they may have troubles and trials more than we ever had. You must take mighty good care of them, my darling one, but it's no use telling you this for you are the best wife and mother in the world and I ought to warn you not to task your own dear self too much. Try and take good care of yourself, dear. And let me see you looking well when we meet in spite of the troubles you endure. Remember me with much love to all and may God bless you, my dear
wife and my dear children. I haven't time to write any more. Try and send me a letter some way, if possible my little image- your picture.