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Letter to Ellen B. Stanard (Taliaferro), 1863 August 28

Letter to Ellen B. Stanard (Taliaferro), 1863 August 28
Letter to Ellen B. Stanard (Taliaferro), 1863 August 28
Letter written from "Camp Jackson." Letter regards a trip to Staunton, Virginia, the Corps of Cadets leaving VMI to reinforce Stonewall Jackson, and family matters.


  • 1863 August 28


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Camp Jackson Aug 28th 1863

My darling Mother,
No doubt you have been wondering what has become of your darling boy and the reason why he had not written before. Well dear Mother I will give you a few of my reasons which I hope will prove satisfactory. In the first place, after reaching Staunton and trotting around some time in search of Mr. G whom I succeeded in finding at last, and it then being too late for me to procure a seat on the stage. Mr. G begged me so very hard to remain over with him until the next day that I at last concluded to do so, knowing that one day longer would make no difference. I left Staunton about 4 ½ Wednesday morning and after a very pleasant trip (Having met with 3 or 4 Cadets returning) reached my old prison house at 1 p.m. and to my surprise found the Corps had left the evening before to reinforce Jackson. I then began to regret and censor myself very much for stopping over in Staun- but about the time we were ready, one of the Officers came in and said the Yankees had fallen back and that the Corps was then on the way back to the Institute after having marched to Staunton Goshen. We then thought after that information that it would be a piece of folly in us to start to meet them in coming back. I felt quite lonesome there being only a few Rats left as a guard. I staid down with Capt. B and made myself at home. He seemed very glad at having me back. And yesterday evening they all returned, broken down, sore footed and quite mad that they were not permitted to go on and engage the enemy. Jackson was very anxious expecially[sic] for the company of artillery to come on and join him, but Old Spex had not the authority to take the Corps out of the County, but had to fight them any when in Rockbridge in defense of the Institute. I am not delighted that I did not get here in time since it has proven such a useless & fatiguing march. I was on guard last night tho’ not compelled, only did so to relieve some of the broken down who would have had to have gone on. I could not help contrasting & feeling the difference between my bed last night & the one I have been enjoying for the last month. Just imagine me in the guard quarters on the hard floor and in among a parcel of rats, minks, chickens, lice, etc. and then with my accoutrements all on, I tell you what taking everything into consideration I did not have my pleasant time, but it is all over now, and I hope it may not happen again. I am all OK. We will move into barracks next Monday or Tuesday when I will have a much easier time. I have not seen Old Spex yet to give him the letter. I expect he will be for court marshaling me. I was much worried at having to leave them all so hurriedly at the Village the morning I left. The plagued men at the provost office were the cause of it, they were so very slow. I only had time to kiss them & tell them all goodbye. Was Annie married on the next morning, I hope not since I could not see it. Tell Sister M to make up some excuse to give Mrs [Miss?] [H?] for not coming to see her again. I suppose every thing still remains quiet and there is no chance of the army leaving you. Has Miss E & Co. come to board with you yet. You all must write and give me all the news. I have no time to ask questions. I want this to be mailed this eve and it is near time for it to close. I had an elegant time in Staunton which I suppose Bird had written before this. Church did not get me the pillow after all. Get it from him and send it by S_ Hiden, also that knap sack Sam G. gave. You recollect I guess a new one. Tell Felix he had better sell me his cadet overcoat. Well dear mother I have not time to write more but will take time & write a more satisfactory letter soon. Excuse all mistakes & bad writing. Show it to no one but burn it. Give my love all inquiring friends. Tell McGuire I desire his letters. With love to all friends I must now bid you goodbye. Kiss the children and Old Sal if she is with you. Write soon & often to your affect.
boy Bev.

Send me the Buffingtons letters if you get any. Their brother is here. Will tell you about him in my next.

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