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Document: 35

Letter: Camp Marion, [Virginia] to Callie [King], 1861 Nov. 6

author: Cobb, Thomas Read Rootes, 1823-1862
date: November 6, 1861
extent: 4p
summary: Letter dated November 6, 1861 from Thomas Read Rootes Cobb, lawyer, Confederate officer, founder of the Lucy Cobb Institute, and Marion Lumpkin Cobb's husband, to Callie Lumpkin King, wife of Porter King and Marion's sister. Cobb, at the time a colonel, thanks King for the blue socks she sent him and he writes about his feelings about the war, his promise to meet the enemy if ever they come into Georgia, and his life at Camp Marion, Virginia.

  • Letters
  • Confederate States of America. Army--Officers
  • Confederate States of America. Army--Military life
  • Confederate States of America. Army. Cavalry. Cobb's Legion.
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • King, Callie, 1826-1905
  • Camp Marion (Va.)

  • repository: Alexander Campbell King Law Library, University of Georgia School of Law, on deposit at the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries
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    collection: Joseph Henry Lumpkin family papers, 1821-1862 (bulk 1852-1857)
    box: 1
    folder: 35
    document: jhl0035

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    Camp Marion Nov. [November] 6th 1861 .
    Dear Sister Callie --

    This cold blustery night -- which almost carries away my old tent -- reminds me that I am every night drawing comfort from your very acceptable present (the long blue socks) without ever having found the time to thank you for them. -- You will think it strange that in the dull routine of camp life -- I should not find many leisure hours -- when it would be a luxury to open my heart to loved ones far away. -- Yet. I assure you that from early morn [morning] -- till late at night every moment of my time is occupied -- I seldom eat

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    my soldier's fare of bread & meat without being interrupted by some call for businefs [business] connected with my command -- I write to Marion every night -- but to do this I am most frequently found at midnight in the pleasing task --

    Dear Callie -- I have no news to write -- I think & talk of nothing here but speculations about the war & the daily alarms about the enemy below us in this Peninsula -- The latter would not amuse you & the former would not instruct you -- The destination & fate of the Fleet -- lately sailed from Old Point -- keeps us in sad suspense -- It will be terrible [unclear text: bonds] for Georgians and Alabamians

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    to have to stay here defending a Country for people the majority of whom are barely loyal -- & a large portion of whom are miserable Tories -- when the news comes that the Invaders [Invader's] feet are triumphantly treading the [deleted text: [illegible text] ] soil of our own States -- The truth is -- I cannot & I will not do it -- If Georgia is invaded -- I shall manage in some way to meet the scoundrels there --

    You have later news from Athens than I can give you -- God has been so good to me in granting improved health to my loved ones -- Can I ever be grateful enough?

    The boys with me are

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    all well -- The Artillery company I think I shall get soon & then I shall have [unclear text: Willy] -- Miller -- Charley -- Ed -- & Frank -- besides Joe Gerdine -- These with my own kin make up much more than a corporal's Guard --

    God blefs [bless] you -- Callie & your dear boys -- When you write to Porter give him my love -- Give the same to Aunt Serena & my relatives & all friends --

    A line from you will always cheer

    Your affect. [Affectionate] Bro [Brother]
    [Signed] Thos. [Thomas] R.R. Cobb

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