Camp Elk Run
April 24” 1862
My darling Wife
I joined the regiment at Stanardsville
two hours after I got there we left & got here
the day following, having had a hard time in
the rain & snow. it is now snowing fast but
we are in a comfortable situation. I think we
will be able to fill up our regiment here but we
are a good deal disappointed in the organization
of Genl Jacksons army. we do not find anything like
the discipline here in any arm of the service as
we had in our old division & all wish to re-
turn. The cavalry is in a perfectly disorganized and
inefficient condition and Col Ashby rather a humbug
The Yankeys did not get to Harrisonburg until Tuesday
& then only about 300 cavalry came in & left
the same day. Hilary was here yesterday, I did not
see him being absent on duty, but he said that
he had taken breakfast with mother that morning
& that they were all well & the Yankeys had done
them no harm. Yesterday the Yankey cavalry again
appeared in H.B. & came down this way as
far as McGaheysville & met with no resistance
at all. If Genl Stuart was here I bet they
would not ride all over the country as they
are doing now. I tell you I dont like the
style of doing things here. We are in Genl
Taliaferros brigade. He is a nice gentleman
but not the Genl that Elzie [sic] is. Our regim
ent had a reelection of officers yesterday for
captains, viz Kenney, Chrisman, Young, Herring
& Prescott were left out & several Lieutenants
The field officers were all reelected – after all
the hard work to beat me, only six votes were
cast against me. Mr Kisling went home yester
day & was taken prisoner – several of our men
have been taken at home – but so far as I can
learn private property has been respected.
I will send this letter to Stanardsville & thence by
mail. I think you could send me a letter to
Stanardsville & that I could get it from there
I would like to hear from you occasionally
No one knows what direction this army
will march. I dont think a great deal of
its efficiency let go where it may
Did Capt Johnston get the saddle for
me – if so I will send for it & get it
here. Dr Taylor came in yesterday
Probably David might want to
ride over here if so he could bring
25” April – Yesterday my tooth ached so much
that I had it extracted & then as the weather was
very bad I went to Dr Sam Miller & staid all
night & will return again to night. I
dont see much prospect of action here
though these is no telling when the
yankeys will attempt to attack us. I am
very much disgusted with the want
of organization & system here – I wish
we were back again in our old
Brigade. I believe I would rather
be there with 500 men than here
with 1200. I
dont dont know when
you will get this, but will try & send
you a letter whenever I can. You may
direct your letter to Conrads Store unless in
the mean time you hear of our leaving
here. Most affectionately & devotedly
"Genl Jacksons", line 8 - 'Thomas J. 'Stonewall' Jackson, Confederate general, commanded the Valley Army.'
"Col Ashby", line 12 - 'Turner Ashby, Jr., Confederate colonel, commanded the cavalry in the Valley.'
"Hilary", line 15 - 'Hilary Magruder, Virginia 'Jennie' Watson Magruder Warren's 19 year old brother.'
"H.B.", page 2, line 1 - 'Harrisonburg, Rockingham County.'
"Genl Stuart", page 2, line 3 - 'James Ewell Brown 'JEB' Stuart, Confederate general, commanded the cavalry of the Army of the Potomac.'
"Genl Taliaferros", page 2, line 7 - 'William B. Taliaferro, Confederate general.'
"Elzie", page 2, line 8 - 'Arnold Elzey, Confederate general.'
"Kenney", page 2, line 10 - 'James Kenney, Captain, Company B, 10th Virginia Infantry, born 1822.'
"Chrisman", page 2, line 10 - 'George H. Chrisman, Jr., Captain, Company H, 10th Virginia Infantry.'
"Young", page 2, line 10 - 'William T. Young, Captain, Company K2, 10th Virginia Infantry, born 1823.'
"Herring", page 2, line 10 - 'Philander Herring, Captain, Company D, 10th Virginia Infantry, born 1818.'
"Prescott", page 2, line 10 - 'Daniel W. Prescott, Captain, Company C1, 10th Virginia Infantry, born c.1824.'
"Mr Kisling", page 2, line 14 - 'Whitfield G. Kisling, 1st Lieutenant, Company E, 10th Virginia Infantry.'
"Dr. Taylor", page 3, line 3 - "Thomas L. Taylor, Assistant-Surgeon, 10th Virginia Infantry.'
"David", page 3, line 4 - 'David Magruder, Virginia 'Jennie' Watson Magruder Warren's 15 year old brother.'
"Dr Sam Miller", page 3, line 9 - 'Samuel P. H. Miller, physician living near Conrad's Store. Miller had served from the beginning of the War as a Lieutenant in Company I, 10th Virginia Infantry, before receiving a medical discharge in August 1861.'
"Conrads Store", page 3, line 22 - 'Present-day Elkton, Rockingham County.'
"E.T.H. Warren", page 3, signature - 'Edward Tiffin Harrison Warren, Lieutenant-Colonel, 10th Virginia Infantry.'
[Transcription and annotations by John P. Mann, IV]