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Letter from Robert Stanard to Ellen B. Stanard (Taliaferro), 1865 January 16

Letter from Robert Stanard to Ellen B. Stanard (Taliaferro), 1865 January 16
Letter from Robert Stanard to Ellen B. Stanard (Taliaferro), 1865 January 16
Written from Head Quarters Army V.D. Letter regards traveling to Staunton, Virginia and family matters.


  • 1865 January 16



From the File: 4 items (Folder 4)


Hd Qrs Arty V.D.
16 Jany 1865

My Dear Mother
I wrote you a short letter last week since which we have heard nothing from Orange. Mollie wrote you I had been up to Staunton to procure rooms as Genl. Long had moved his HdQuarters to that place and would of course require my presence there. I am happy to state that after much trouble I yesterday succeeded in getting board with Mrs. Harman a widow lady and on very moderate terms. We will be delightfully fixed when we get settled. We will move up tonight and take possession. Hope after getting settled this time we will not have to move again as it gives much trouble. We will be some two or three squares from Mrs. Long and a little farther from the Dr. I regret exceedingly breaking up our arrangements here as we would have been all together. We will too lose Mrs. Carters pleasant company which we are both very sorry for. Col. Carter will remain down here and of course Mrs. Carter will prefer being with him although the Col. is much in favor of her going to Staunton as she would have no society here at all.

Mollie wishes her bonnet box with bonnet sent up by first good opportunity or by express if it can be done. She says the key is on her bunch of keys in her large black trunk. She will require her bonnet to wear to church. I am exceed[ing]ly glad we will be where I can attend church regularly as I have been debarred of the pleasure for some time. Tell Fan I saw Mrs. Long on Saturday and she inquired after all. She seems a very fine woman and is delighted at having us in Staunton. Tell Champe that Dr. [McGuire] is the finest dressed man in Staunton. All of old Early’s staff seem to be having a very gay time. Dr. Straith went to the wedding and came home disgusted of course. Says he spent the entire night in getting out of other people’s way. They had a fine [supper] the Dr. has heard nothing more from his wife but is looking for her every day. I hope sister wrote and explained to Cousin Eliza my dispatch. I sent it at the Dr.’s request. He thinking his wife might have reached that place. Corbin Welford is going to Culpepper to look for her in a few days. The weather had been very fine for the last week and I hope will continue so. No doubt the bright sun has persuaded you just to peek your head out of the door. Matilda is still much pleased. I will keep a good watch over her in Staunton and try and return her improved as Mollie will learn her to be very patient. Has Vic heard anything from Tom recently. Willie was here today and says they have heard nothing from him for months. Hope Vic put an end to Hardy’s coming to see him. His independence in staying so long at uncle E’s beat anything I ever heard of. Mollie would have written today but has been busy packing. She will write as soon as we get to Staunton. Tell Champe she might write us often.

Mollie joins me in much love to all. Tell Sister I will write her very soon.

As ever your fond & affect.

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