Lynchburg July 15th 1862
My own dearest husband
This is the fourth letter I have written you since you went away and yet you have received none of them. I wrote and directed to Beaver Dam, and then I heard you were ordered back to the Valley and my next letter I directed to Gordonsville and then another long one I directed to Richmond. I hope you may remain long enough in Richmond to get this letter for I know you are getting uneasy about me. I was very much releaved when I got your letter yesterday to find you still in Richmond as we heard that Jackson at the head of sixty thousand men had gone up to drive the Yankees away from Gordonsville. I cant help thinking yet that he will be sent as he seems best filled to strike terror to the hearts of those vile cut throats. I feel very uneasy about your horses in Albemarle, for I suppose the Yankees will son be in Charlotesville unless they are speedily drive away from Orange and Culpepper. If Gat were only well enough I would send for them immediately but he has his old attack of fistulus which makes him unfit for any thing. I am very unwell to day. I had one of my bad headaches yesterday and feel very badly again to day. The weather is extremely hot. I you will suffer from the effects of the heat. Tom did not tell me whether you had or not. I suppose you will have seen Charley Minor ere you receive this & he will have told you that we are well. He and Fanny staid at your Fathers on Sunday night. Fanny returned last night. She does not come down stairs in the morning until every one has done breakfast. I feel so badly I must stop for a while and be down. Well darling I have been asleep and feel rather better but my head still feels badly and I fear I shall not be able to fill this imence sheet. I think I am bilious in addition another cause which for the present shall be nameless. I hope very much I may be able to go down to Richmond to see you for if I do not have a very hopeless kind of feeling in regard to seeing you for a long time. I can very easily carry down some provision with me and stay Cousin Lewis’s or at Aunt Lucy’s. I know I would be welcome under those circumstances. I wish now I had gone with Cousin Lewis. I would have done so if you had not opposed it. You see y dear there are some things that I think I know some as much about as you do. Did Mr Kean say any thing about the Quartermasters position here for you? I dont think he seems much inclined to do any thing or you for I am sure he could have done so if he had chosen. A letter came here directed to you from one of your men named Burkes wanting a transfer from the Confederate service to Floyds command, as he says he has received a commission in his army to raise a company. I think a commission in his command does not amount to any thing except to do nothing. Marian Langham is luxuriating in the same position. I hope you have seen Cousin Lewis Marshall as I know he is on the lookout for you. The garden looks very weedy again. I have been trying to get Uncle Davy here since you went away but have not been able to do. Maria has been laid up for three or four days but Frances cooks very well and we scarcely miss her. I had a long letter from Sister yesterday and a short on from Sister Gert. They are lamenting very much not having seen you. I very much fear Sister will lose her baby, for the accounts are very discouraging about it. She says it is very drooping and that it has constant pain. Poor thing. I hope and trust she may not be called upon to give up the dear little thing. No one knows but a mothe who has suffered the loss what it is to lay a baby in the grave. Willy Colston has gone back to his Regiment. Raleigh was slightly wounded about the knee in one of the late battles at Richmond. Sister says Aunt Jane is in a terrible state of anxiety. Has Hunt Powell found you yet? Sister Gert said she would do so as soon as you got down. I do hope the report about Sally Grattan and Mr. Garland is true for I think they would make a first rate match. I was surprised to hear that she was in Richmond as I though she was in Pennsylvania. Dont you think she would take me to board for a little while? I would rather be with her than with any one I know in Richmond. James children have been quite sick with strong symptoms of dyptheria. They look wretchedly. Lizzie Kirkpatrick has it quite badly. Mary Isabella is dining here to day. Mr. Cassenova dined here on Sunday and was very agreeable though he made me spend a very unprofitable Sunday. I do not like Sunday visitors on that account. I hear thunder so I hope we may have a storm this evening. Well my darling I hope you get this letter and that you may stay long enough near Richmond to let me to to see you. I hope you have forgiven me all my misdoings while you were at home. I have thought of them very often and am very sorry. Good bye dearest I am now and forever your devoted wife. Fanny sends love and so does Nannie.
and cool the air. This weather must be dreadful on the soldiers who are marching. Nannie is very well and very sweet. Dr. House says she is old beyond her years. She has words quail and qwill in her lesson to day She that quail was a bird but qwill was a aliment. I sent her over to see her grand mother yesterday eve