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Letter from Robert Stanard to Ellen B. Stanard (Taliaferro), 1864 August 3

Letter from Robert Stanard to Ellen B. Stanard (Taliaferro), 1864 August 3
Letter from Robert Stanard to Ellen B. Stanard (Taliaferro), 1864 August 3
Written from Bunker Hill, Virginia. Letter regards to Jaqueline Beverly Stanard's death, family matters, and news of the Civil War.


  • 1864 August 3



From the File: 4 items (Folder 4)


Hd Qrs Arty Corps V.D.
Aug 3d 1864

My Darling Mother
I have anticipated the pleasure of sending you a letter for some time but being so continually on the wing have been deprived of doing so. To day being my birthday have concluded to write and I hope I shall not be molested by any couriers riding up with orders to move until my letter is finished.

I have written Mollie so often giving her all the news (which of course you get through her) that there is but little left me to day to make up a letter. Still I know my Darling Mother will be glad to get my letter though it may be a very dull one. And then too I am aware of my inability to write a letter which will compare with those you are mow deprived of by the death of that Darling & Christian child. Still my Dear Mother, that feeling shall not deter me from writing and I trust to God that in the deprivation you have sustained in those sweet & loving letters, mine may serve to cheer you, and assure you have a son whose love is as great as a child’s could be, although he may be incompetent to control words to express that love. I know my Darling Mother how you miss those sweet letters from that dear child, and feel how very incompetent I am to send you such messages of love as he always sent, still feeling assured of bearing you all the love a dutiful son can bear I commence this letter (knowing as I have before marked) it will be properly appreciated while at the same time hoping it may serve to cheer you & assure you that you have those dear ones to live for who love you very dearly & for whose sake you should cheer up, and not grieve for that lost one taken from this world of sin & trouble to dwell with his God on high.

I was much distressed my dear Mother to hear you were suffering so much with your old complaint, dysphasia, and hope ere this reaches you you will have been entirely relieved, have you any of the Alleghany water left and do you continue to drink it. Mollie writes me she is making you take bitters regularly which she thinks benefits you. You must continue to take your tonic and not think of the spirit you consume. No doubt your trip to the village benefitted you a good deal, a change is a great thing sometimes. You should ride every evening.

I wrote Mollie yesterday and just after sending of my letter received hers of the 24th by Bester’s boy. He also brought my over cape which I was glad to get. I wrote Aunt Lucy long letter and left it at Martinsburg to be mailed when the Yankees get possession. We are now encamped at a place called Bunkers Hill but don’t think we shall remain here very long. Here comes Genl. Early’s courier, wonder what order he brings.

Just what I expected, the order is to cook two days rations and be ready to move at day light tomorrow. This will not however interfere with my letter writing to day. I have no idea which way we will move but every body seems to think up the Valley. I hope it may be so for I am always better satisfied when moving towards the dear ones at home. Why has brother never written how he managed to remain at home. I don’t know to this day in what position he is in the service still. I hear he is still at home. I shall be truly glad to know that he is permanently stationed there. We were all very much rejoiced at Hood’s victory but fear it was only temporary. If he can whip Sherman in front of Atlanta his army will be destroyed. We have a rumor here to day (Coming from Baltimore paper Sun by some of the Citizens at Charlestown) that Genl. Lee has given Grant another terrible whipping. I trust it will prove true and that it will force Grant to get away from Richmond. Our army here is recuperating considerably and is as strong now as when it first started. All the stragglers lost on the long march around have been gathered up.

Was very glad to hear you had a fine rain in Orange. It will do some good although much more may be needed. We have had lowering clouds here for several days but no rain and the people are almost in despair. They will make no corn at all. I hope Mr. Shaw will make more than he thinks. We can get no vegetables in this country. I sent Lewis fifteen miles yesterday and he returned with one pound of butter and one doz eggs. Mollie writes me that all the children had the whooping cough. I hope they will all get through it easily. I was glad to hear you enjoyed the cheese so much. You must not let the others have too much of it but keep it for your own use. What sort of an article did the tea turn out. Good I hope. So Tom wants to wait until after the war to get married. If he does he will not get Vic. He can I think make arrangements now that would put him in a position to marry at once. I am going to write him a few lines to day. Mollie writes me Mrs. Fry objects. Why is this. How does Aunt Octavia and uncle [?] like it. They should be delighted. My horse hurt her foot about a week ago so I have been in the ambulance while on the march. She is well again, but I fear she is too young for service. She is a splendid animal & if I could get another to ride wound send her to Mr. Shaw for light service. What is the matter with [Ross?] Hear he is at home sick. I suppose Mollie calls on Aunt Martha & uncle Jaq. very often. Tell her I expect to hear of a dreadful intimacy between herself & the former. Early’s campaign up here is looked upon as a failure by every one. He is fit to command nothing but a division [that] under General Lee. I heard Mrs. Gordon was at Winchester but hardly believe it. If she is there she has seen very little of the Genl. as I know he had not left his command to visit her. I feel too sorry for poor Jane Carter. Has she gone south, poor soul. I hope she will fine with her husband’s relatives a kind & good home. Doubtless he will leave her well off as he was considered rich. Well my Darling Mother, I must bring my letter to a close as I must write several others to day. Give my love to all and kiss the children for me and believe me ever My Dearest Mother
Your fond & devoted son
24 to day. Feel quite aged.

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