Friday, January 11, 2013

1862 December 25 Buckners Neck, Va.

XMass gift to you all this morning –
The morning is so pleasant that I doubt not you
can all make a merry day of it.  I enclose in this
a X Mass gift for you $20.
 I want you to send me my cap by the first chance
you have.  I want to save my hat as much as
possible for summer & the cap will do now
as well as a hat.  Jennie Watson is 10 Mo old
tomorrow 26 and ought to be walking as smart
a little monkey as she is.  How I do love that child

[page 2]
she is not my favorite but some how I love the dear
little thing very much indeed.
  We have no news this morning  our boys have
been firing X Mass guns nearly all night.  I dont
mean my brigade, for I dont think they have fired one
but others above me.  I thought at first it was skirmi
shers, but it is only X Mass.  Thornton says he burnt his
cake last night, as I expected.

“Jennie Watson”, line 8 – Warren’s youngest daughter Virginia ‘Jennie’ Watson.

“my brigade”, page 2, line 5 – Warren was in temporary command of the 3rd Brigade, Taliaferro’s Division, 2nd Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, which consisted of the 47th & 48th Alabama Infantry regiments, and the 10th, 23rd, & 37th VA Infantry regiments.

“E.T.HWarren”, page 2, signature – Edward Tiffin Harrison Warren, Colonel, 10th VA Infantry.  Even though this letter contains no salutation, it was written to Warren’s wife Virginia ‘Jennie’ Watson Magruder Warren.

[transcript and annotations by John P. Mann, IV]

MSS 7786-g

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