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Letter from Robert Stanard to Ellen B. Stanard (Taliaferro), 1865 January 11

Letter from Robert Stanard to Ellen B. Stanard (Taliaferro), 1865 January 11
Letter from Robert Stanard to Ellen B. Stanard (Taliaferro), 1865 January 11
Written from Fishersville, Virginia. Letter regards family matters and troop movements.


  • 1865 January 11



From the File: 4 items (Folder 4)


Hd Qrs Arty V.D.
11 Jany 1865

My Darling Mother
I have been intending to write to you for several days but have been kept from doing so in consequence of having a great deal of writing to do for the office. [Shook] being absent on a 15 day furlough I have to do all his work during his absence and we have had more to do since his departure than for 6 months previous. I rec’d a letter from brother several days since dated the 1th Dec. and would send it to you to read but it is merely a business letter and he writes no one must read it. He was still stationed at a battery some distance from the city but expected in a short time to receive through Judge Campbell an appointment as Ordnance Sgt placed on duty there. I hope sincerely he may not be disappointed. He writes me he has made very little money since I left him and that his expenses are very heavy. When he gets back to town he hopes to be able to make something. He writes me Sallie and the little ones are very well and that Willie is the prettiest child in the city of Mobile. The baby he says has hair like Chandler. I am sorry for this, Mr. Chandler is fast declining and he says he will not live but a short time longer. Mr. John Battle was there and he thought he was giving away every day. I was truly sorry to hear this as we were led to believe he was better, at the time he wrote this. Was great excitement in the city caused by the approach of the enemy. Said the bells were ringing & things were in a mess generally. He congratulated himself that he was out of the excitement being over at his battery in the bay.

Mollie wrote you of her safe arrival the day after she got here and told you how nicely she was fixed and now I regret to tell you after all out trouble to get fixed etc. that Genl. Long had concluded to move his Hd Qrs to Staunton so we will have to look out quarters there. He took command to day and will move the office in a few days. Col. Carter’s command will be here so he will remain here. Dr. [Straith] has gone to Staunton to see what can be done in the way of accommodations but I feel certain we will not be as comfortably or agreeably fixed as we would eventually have been here. I shall hate very much to part with Col. Carter and not be with Mrs. C as she would be such a pleasant person for Mollie to be with. I wish Genl. Long would let the Dr. & myself remain down here. I have done a good deal of work for nothing. Hereafter will do nothing until every thing is definitely settled. The Genl. inquired particularly after you all. He is looking very well but I don’t think well by any means. This is a miserable neighborhood, the meanest people I ever saw and the greatest [extortionists]. I wish the Yankees would come here and take every thing they have got.

Now that Mollie is away from you and you will not have the benefit of my letters to her I intend to write you regularly. Mollie will I know keep you all posted besides. How I wish we could have been stationed near Orange, that we could have seen more of you all during the winter. Never mind I am entitled to a furlough which I will take after a while and spend it with you all. Mollie seems very happy being with me and I am too happy at having her. Matilda does first rate and I am too thankful that you allowed us to have her. Mollie could not have done without a maid. Mollie rec’d Fan’s note by Botts yesterday. He went on up to Staunton. She has some nice brooms to send Fan.

With much love to all
Your devoted son
Mollie sends love to all.
This was written in a hurry

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