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Letter to Ellen B. Stanard (Taliaferro), 1864 January 3

Letter to Ellen B. Stanard (Taliaferro), 1864 January 3
Letter to Ellen B. Stanard (Taliaferro), 1864 January 3
Written from VMI, Lexington, Virginia. Letter regards family matters, Christmas dinner, cadet life, and finances.


  • 1864 January 3


From the File: 10 items (Folder 2)


Virginia Military Institute
January the 3rd 1864

My dear Mother
Taking into consideration the many letters which you have honored me with lately, I think I would be doing my self great injustice if I were to allow a longer period to pass by without dropping you a few lines. I think my last letter was written in the year 1863 and now it is 64. Will you not forgive my seeming negligence. I received your long and interesting letter written on the 27th on the morning of the New Year. I therefore reckon it as among my numerous presents and as being one most valued. I was glad to see from your letter that Christmas had passed so handsomely and pleasantly. The dinner you spoke of was really a “beautiful” one, but I am confident when I give you a bill of fare of the one which I had the pleasure of masticating you will not for one moment hesitate in saying mine was still more beautiful. First, we had cold loaf bread (not enough by 16 loaves) also warm corn bread. Second cold beef. For dessert, molasses, water, & c.

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VMI Archives
Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450