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Letter to Fannie Stanard, 1863 February 20

Letter to Fannie Stanard, 1863 February 20
Letter to Fannie Stanard, 1863 February 20
Written from VMI, Lexington, Virginia to his sister. Letter regards family health matters and daily life at VMI.


  • 1863 February 20


From the File: 8 items (Folder 1)


Virginia Military Institute
February the 20th 1863

My Dear Sister,
Having honored all the family with a letter, except your sweet self, Have determined to drop you a few lines (Tonight since I have no lessons to get.) to show you that you have not been forgotten. The letter I wrote Champe, you were justly entitled to, but as she wrote me such a long letter first, and I had to answer, thought had better do it at once. So you must not think anything of the step I took. I received dear sisters letter yesterday. And you cannot imagine what pleasure it gave me to read it and particularly that part in which it spoke of my darling mother, being so much improved in health. God grant that it may continue to do so, is my sincere prayer. It makes me feel like a new person almost, when I think about it. And Oh! If I could just be there to see her enjoy it. What I would not give? And just to think I have only been here one month today, and have five more long weary ones to spend here. It is awful to think about. But at the end of that time, I must have a furlough. In spite of everything. The boys all laugh at the idea of my expecting even to get one but I guess they will laugh out of the other side of their mouths, In July, when they see me going home. If I staid here I would have to go in Camp and drill, but I think I will get enough of it before them. You would laugh to see me going through double quick step. I look like a frog in the act of jumping. I see I will have to lay my letter aside until tomorrow when I endeavor to finish it though it will not leave here before Monday. Saturday. Have been down today to see them at Mrs. B[ull]’s. Capt. B[ull] has returned from Richmond. Came by G[ordons]ville. Wish he had run on down to Orange, might have sent my things by him. Phil Hiden is trying to get a furlough to go down to Charlottesville to see his brother James married. (To take place on Friday night I believe) If he succeeds, he will come on to Orange, so that will be a good opportunity to send my box. Says he will bring it. I also want my pants that (dark brown) Bob gave me sent. Repair them if they need it, before you send them. The surprise party to the Maj.’s was grand. If I had been there I should have made the girls get before. So that I might be sure they would not fall or get in the mud again. There is so much gold lace, and brass buttons in Orange now that a poor private stands no chance. The girls hardly glance at one, I guess. While I am writing they are drawing a cannon out on the parade ground to test it. I am going out there to see it fired. Bum! She goes; and the boys tremble & run. I stand my ground. The gun proves a good one. Scott & myself went up town today to get some thing to eat. Succeeded in getting some pies. Tomorrow is the 22nd and Gen. Smith told Capt. Bull if he could get the turkeys, he might give us a big dinner, but as he cannot get them, we will have the same old fare, Beef & Bread. I am in hopes there will be a suspension of Studdies until tuesday. (Private) Sister asked if I ever saw the little Madisons. Am sorry to say I have not, And moreover I don’t expect to, from what I can hear. Don’t say anything about this? I heard from good authority that the children were not allowed to wear socks, until that one (the youngest) had its feet frost-bitten. I feel sorry for the little darlings. Mrs. M is master. And every one easily perceives it. Let no one see this but the family? I have seen Mrs. Newman at Church, have never spoken to her, will go up with Scott soon to see her. There is no episcopal preacher here, but they expect to call Henry A. Wise, Jr. hope they may. Have very good music at the Presbyterian church. Sister Mollie certainly is good about writing so often, and her letters are so interesting and amusing. You all must continue to send them over whenever you get them. I intend to write to her soon. It is time for brother to be answering my letter. I think Mr. C. has acted quite strangely. It is too provoking. Tell Mother boiling over does no good. She had better remain quiet. And Mr. S[haw] is in Lynchburg. I wish I could run down to see him. Suppose it was business that took him there. Hope the army have not pressed any of his corn. He must be much incommoded in his farming by not being at Berry Hill. Sunday the 22nd. Ground covered in snow nearly a foot deep and still falling fast. What awful weather we have had in the last month for our army. They must suffer. I never saw such a country as this in my life. And every boy agrees with me. It is either raining or snowing all the time. Write me word what Mrs. R. brought. Wish she had brought my shoes & knife. And Willy [Fry] has gone to be married. What will take place next. Expect Peach (poor fellow) would liked to have accompanyed him. He is fortunate in being out of the army now. Oh! Fan. How I would like to see you all. I sometimes think that it will be impossible for me to stay away from my dear home and those for whom my love is so great, until July. How is Miss Summer. Give my love to her and tell her I think of her often. Well dear Sister I have written you quite a long letter. You must make due excuses for this miserable ink and writing. Kiss dear little Mary for me and tell her she must not forget Uncle Bev. Be a good girl and tell her when he I[sic] come home I will bring her some good. Give oceans of love to Mr. S[haw] and all the family, and accept for yourself a true brothers love.
Hoping you are all well I bid you Goodbye!

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