Camp near Orange CH Va
April 16, 1864
My dearest Corrie:
After along time your first came to hand last evening, which was gladly received and read as in days past. I can assure you it gave me more of a contented mind, the name at the end if no name on paper always looks charming to the one of your choice. Through a note from Capt. Parks at Richmond gave us the pleasing intelligence that Father had to a great extent recovered from his illness; we first heard through a letter to Logan he was very sick, which caused great uneasiness as I very much fear at some time on of those sudden attacks will take him away, for the last few months he has had several as you are aware. I staid with Mat the night after I left home, arrived at Richmond Saturday morning, went to the Hospital where brother died and found on the books his death recorded 28th Dec., I inquired where his remains rested, was told at Oakwood Cemetery 2 ½ miles distant as I had business to attend I did not go out. I was told that he was neatly buried in a raised lid coffin and that the grave was marked. I asked if his remains could be easily removed which was replied to in the affirmative, said if I could see him I would recognize him as the body by that time had not decayed any. I wrote to father to send someone after them, I don’t know what he concluded to do as I haven’t had an answer.
I tried to get brother’s effects but could not as the proper heir has to make oath before a magistrate that he is such then have the County Court clerk’s signature and seal before anything can be obtained; after he fills the blank I sent him, and gives me a power of attorney, with both I can get his effects and money due, otherwise I cannot.
Have you subscribed for the Confederate? If you have not let me know and I will send it to you. Do you get the Presbyterian? I subscribed for it. Do you and Puss want either of the Richmond literary papers? Our regiment is in good health and spirits. There is no possible chance for me to get a furlough this spring as Walker has been trying to get off ever since I came back. Genl. Lee’s order is “there will be no more furloughs as the exigencies of the times will not admit of it.” Tom, Bill, Pinck, Log and all of our boys are in good health. Give my love to all.
Write soon and often to
Sources: Mike and Carol Lawing, eds., My Dearest Friend: The Civil War Correspondence of Cornelia McGimsey and Lewis Warlick (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2000). Original collections of the papers are in the Southern Historical Collection, UNC Chapel Hill.