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Letter: Camp Advance, near Chicahominy, to Julia [Ann DuBose Toombs], 1862 June 22

date: June 22, 1862
author: Toombs, Robert Augustus, 1810-1885
extent: 4p
summary: In this June 22, 1862 letter to his wife Julia, Robert Toombs, representative in the Georgia House of Representatives (1837-1843), in the U.S. Congress (1845-1853) and Senate (1853-1861), opens by noting his receipt of Mrs. Toomb's letters, then he discusses his clothing situation and expresses sympathy for Ned Anthony's situation. He speaks briefly of military matters and of McLellan, Beauregard, Lee, and Longstreet. He talks of his health, of the high price of produce and other supplies, and of his desire to come home.
subjects: repository: Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries
collection: Robert Toombs, letters to Julia Ann DuBose Toombs

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Camp Advance
Near Chicahominy June 22nd 1862
My Dear Julia,

Your letters of the 15th & 17th Inst [Instant] have both been recd [received] which brings me to the latest news from home. Jas. [James] DuBose leaves for Georgia To morrow [Tomorrow] & I will send This letter & some of the rest of my winter cloths which I kept over -- our allowance of baggage is reduced & as I shall not want my winter cloths until fall, I concluded to send them home to refit them, reserving an old suit for change of weather. I am very sorry for Ned Anthony. it is great misfortune at This Time to loose a [illegible text] especially with new beginners, but as it is Providential we have no right to complain. As to military matters we have nothing new, no movement on either side that I know of, but we are so close together & provisions are getting so enormously high I do not Think we can keep apart long. I am fully satisfied, that this army could have whipped McClellan any day for the last two weeks, if it had been allowed to fight him.

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I greatly fear Beauregard has turned out to be a failure, Lee is on trial, I can not tell how he will stand, appearances & his past have not been favorable, if he is able to rise with The occasion we shall all have great cause to rejoice. Much of the army is gradually getting in Longstreets hands & I think he will prove worthy to [deleted text: hold] wield & command it, if they will allow him. The army is improving in health & I believe all your friends are well. My own health is decidely better than it has been since I came to the [unclear text: [deleted text: ] ] army last with the exception that I am Still Some times troubled with a cough especially at night it is very good, & that I think is gradually wearing out, if I can [deleted text: get] [added text: keep] clear of colds I think the hot weather will Soon finish it. I have lost a good deal of flush but I think I am the better for that & now I think I begin to fatten again slowly. Dr Striner is here & messes with me, We now fare very well but at a tremendous cost, Yesterday I paid half dollar for three onions, & the same for Three beets & Three dollars & a half for one small quantity of [unclear text: lamb]

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& other things in proportion. You all are greatly blessed by having a good garden & fruits As to fruits I have had Strawberries twice this spring & no other fruit whatever, I do hope to be able to get home by the last of July but of course nothing but a victory or being cashiered can bring about that [illegible text] neither of which tho [though] are very improbable events. I will write Gabe to day [today] about my cotton, One hundred bales of it is subscribed to Govt. [Government] I shall not sell that because the more the Confed. [Confederate] money falls the more I shall get for it & they intend to raise the currency any how & it will hurt the Gov't. [Government] but rather help it by Taking up more of Their bad paper, You ask me about how I am living as to personal Comfort. I sleep in my tent, nearly in sight of the enemy, in front, have my cot, blankets & sheets & upon the whole am very comfortable -- Bob & Billy attend to me very well. I have seen nothing of Col. [Colonel] Brown for two or three weeks. I suppose being under Executive ban, he does not deem it safe. Poor fellow! he means no harm, but he must take care of himself. I am sorry to hear of Sallie's indisposition, & little Camilla's. I hope the healthy atmosphere about our old

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farm will soon cure Them. Fowler I know he will enjoy it all, & it will improve him.

I am quite sure there is not a spot on this wide earth that I would prefer to be at & I Shall do so as soon as I can do it right with honor. My best love to Sallie & the children Gabe & his family & all the rest of my kin & friends. I need not send you what you wholly have a husbands love

Yours truly && affectionately as ever
[Signed] R [Robert A.] Toombs

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