Robert Thomas Rogers
to his future wife
Rogers was born 13 Dec 1844 in Jackson County, Georiga. He was
the son of William S. Rogers and Elizabeth Cementha Stapler.
Robert served in Company C, 18th Georgia Regiment, CSA, and later in
Company B of Doroughs Battalion.
He received a body wound for which he later received a pension.
During his service, he wrote to his future wife, Mary Elizabeth Clarissa
Smith. She was the daughter of William M. Smith and Martha "Patsy"
Bowman of Madison County. Robert and Mary were married in Madison
County on 1 Sep 1864.
Most of the letters below are copies typed from
the originals by Robert and Mary's granddaughter, Ruby Rogers Cuff.
Transcription of the above letter:
This the 12 of May 1863
Camp of the 18 ga grey Near Fredericksburg
Dear Miss I take the opportunity to address you
a few lines to let you know that I am well and am out safe. I hope
those few lines will come to hand and find you and all the rest
well. Dear friend I received your kind letter. youz
it was sed that their was no happiness to be seene hear that
is so. but their is a hepe of trubble hear we dont now whether
we will live a day or not and their is times we dont now whether
we will live to see the next our or the next minit or not
you better bleave it is the serious thing that that ever I was in
I makes me feel bad an lonsom to think of it. I cant inform
you how it makes us feal. I was glad to hear that you was
well. I have not much to rite to you you have heard
of the fight. I received your letter after I com out of the
fight I feal happy that I was spaired out to read your
kind letter. I have not had time to rite till now. We jus
got back to our old camps yestady. Two weeks to day since
we left our camps. we was in the line of battle 7 or 8 days and
knights. I am a fraid thay will not many of us tha will see
peace, but I hope we will see our pleasure to gether and peace in
this world. Now is the time to gow to church. loks like
all of the Cons will die and get kild if the war lasts 4 or 5 year
I dont know what you girls will do for seete harts. if peace
was made in that time. I was sorry to hear Jack Ash was ded.
Loid is well, Henry White ses he is he is jus com from their and
all the rest of the boys that is left. I wish I cold see you
and talk with you it wold be a grate deal of pleasure to me bu lord
only knows wether we will ever meete in this world or not, if not
I hope we will meete in heavin. did you ever get the yankey
love letter I sent to you. A girl sent it to me.
R. T. R to M. J. C. Smith
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