1863, March 6: Letter from Ann Elizabeth Burwell (Latane) Ware to Jannette Roane (Latane) Campbell (sisters born at Mahockney).
March 6th, 1863
As we all feel exceedingly anxious to hear from you Ma has concluded to send Edward to Mr. Garlicks tomorrow. We have not received a line from you since you left home and I do not doubt but what you have written.
William wrote to you about two mails ago but of course it would be very strange if you got the letter. I know [you?] think I have treated you badly but really I have not had time. I have been down at Mr. Ware’s for nearly a fortnight and there was no mail at all at Dunnsville. I suppose you have heard ere this of the illness of Mr. Ware, but I hope now he is recovering. Altho he is very feeble. While I was down on the river a fight took place at Water-View – two boats came up Friday and Saturday evening about two o’clock, they came down and Ge. Lee commenced firing on them, it lasted not more than an hour. I believe it is thought that one of the boats was injured we only struck them three times. Mrs. Ware stood on the shore and saw the whole fight but made Latane and myself go up to Mr. Dunns and when we got there the fight was over. I was very sorry that I should have left as no accident happened.
William has commenced school at Mr. Robinsons, I think he likes him very much. He is suffering with the toothache and threatens to have it drawn. Mary Susan is still at home she had had such a wretched cold that Ma thought it best for her not to commence school until she gets better. She is very busy carding at this time.
I reckon you will be ashamed to open this letter as it is written so badly but you know these are war times and I can’t get any good pens. Cousin David, Henry, John, and Waring have all been here and spent a night. I was not at home when Cousin Lewis came but Ma says he was in the best spirits that she has seen any one since the war commenced, and he says he hopes he will be
This letter is contained in a folder in Virginia Historical Society archives: “Ware Family Papers, 1761-1917; Papers 1854-c.1903, of Robert Lowry Ware, 1836-1906) and Ann Elizabeth Burwell (Latane) Ware (of Mahockney, Essex County, Va). Includes tax receipt, 1862, issued in Essex County; essay, 1865, on government; and articles of subscription, ca. 1903, to the ‘Mangoright Democratic Purifier,’ concerning reform of county government and local taxation. Also, include correspondence, 1854-1863, of Mrs. Ware primarily with family members, including Jannette Roane (Latane) Campbell (concerning a skirmish between Union and Confederate forces at Ware’s Wharf, Essex co., Va., in 1863) and Ann W. (Latane) Clopton. “