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Letter to Ellen B. Stanard (Taliaferro), 1863 April 14

Letter to Ellen B. Stanard (Taliaferro), 1863 April 14
Letter to Ellen B. Stanard (Taliaferro), 1863 April 14
Written from VMI, Lexington, Virgina. Letter regards financials, family matters, and daily life at VMI.


  • 1863 April 14


From the File: 8 items (Folder 1)


Virginia Military Institute
April the 14th 1863

My darling Mother
I received your letter a few days ago also the cloth. Hiden was on the way a week, or more. Which has been the reason why you have not heard from me sooner. I wrote home last Friday as usual but I wrote it in such a hurry and did not even read it over. I really felt ashamed to send it. Know I spelt a word wrong did you notice it? I know better. Well Mother Gen. Smith has at last gotten cloth, and as I had never had a suit my name was put down for one. I have had my jacket made at last so I now have or will have two suits which will do me until July. I don’t know whether to have the cloth you sent me made into a pair of pants or sell it. If I have it made up I can save my new suit. I will send you some money by first opportunity. Need not get me any more cloth. How sad the death of poor Hugh Atkins, he was so imprudent. I suppose old Mrs. A is almost frantic, and it will have such a bad effect on Julia. Champe mentioned in her letter Miss Ellen B had gone deranged and been taken to the asylum. Where did she stay? I disremember her. Old Mrs. B has been sick for a week or more I suppose that must have been the cause of it. Be sure an[sic] write me word in your next. I was down to see them yesterday. I suppose your have commenced gardening, such pretty weather for it. It seems strange that I am not at it. Hope you are well enough to go out and superintend. As you are so devoted to it and can’t help it. I am not surprised to hear about sister Mollie. She wrote to me and said she had fattened. In my answer I asked her “Could it be that Ala air was purer than Va. and agreed with her better, Hardly!” I am glad and then again I am sorry. I don’t know why some of them out there do not write to me. Her letter is the only one I have received. I will not write to them until they do. I hope you have written to brother and given him a good scolding about that sugar. He deserves one. Does Ras T. intend to go South to live? Every body in Orange must be buying and selling. I suppose it is to invest their money which they have made by speculating. You will have a near neighbor now, Cousin H. & I think I should rather live at his old place than Mr. R. by far. I wrote you about making me collars did you ever get the letter. My cap must be black. When is Mary Taliaferro coming back, and so they ever hear from her. Give my love to all at Uncle E’s. Suppose Annie is uneasy about her Johnny as the fight has begun. Myself and some of the other Cadets went fishing Saturday caught a few fish and a live ground hog which we had a good deal of fun out. Have to get up now at five, then drill for an hour also in the evening. I do not mind it so much now as it is rather more pleasant. We have abandoned the old drill and begun a new one (Hardie) which I much prefer. Mrs. Newman is in Orange, wish now I had gone to see her. How is Phil & wife getting along. Suppose they have not moved to Piedmont. Is there a prospect of much fruit at Berry Hill this season. Won’t I miss Sisters cherries. I guess she feels lonesome without you all. Don’t the children enjoy being at B.H. I expect they stay there all the time. How I would like to have a game of play with them. I expect Mary Beverly will be as wild as a buck soon. Kiss her for me and tell her to write to me. Mrs. C proceedings are shameful. Hope you may get everything back. Everything is so dull here that I have nothing to write interesting. They give us ham now occasionally. I send you a pattern of another collar, you may make some like it. Has Mr. Shaw enclosed his new plantation. Give my love to Miss Summer, tell her to write to me. I do not hear from home as often as I desire. How are the Spring gardens and are they as intimate since the dog quarrel. With much love to all and kisses around to the children I must bid you goodbye.
As ever your affect. Son

Send me Charlie Taliaferro direction. There is a Cadet who wants to write him. Excuse this miserable scrawl. What has become of Theodore G. Did he say anything about Taylor.

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