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The bloody battle of Gettysburg
Mary, I got your letters. I am sorry I can’t be there to help you with everything. I want this war to be over but it is only the start of a brutal fight. Is anyone helping to take care of you or the house? I want to know how my beautiful Wife is doing. I haven't heard much from Custis nor William but they are busy like me. I just got a letter from Robert and he says he is doing well and is confident we will perform well. I hope you can understand the busy schedule of our sons and I. They must use their time writing letters to you and their wives. The battle an Sharpsburg was a success. The newer men were trained well as new victories for the south are coming. The north must be upset that us “rebels” are beating their “yanks”. I want you to feel better. It's the start of a new life and we need to get our minds off things for a clean start. At least General McClellan was relieved of his work and I hope for a challenge. Our daughter is watching us as we fight, in more ways than on…
Mrs. Mary Anne Lee's mashed potatoes
4 Idaho potatoes (peeled and quartered) 1 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons butter ½ cup cream Salt and pepper In a large pot of boiling water place potatoes and salt and simmer until tender. Remove potatoes from water and let steam dry for 15 minutes. Place in a bowl and mash with butter, cream, salt and pepper. Serve warm.
I miss my wife's creamy mashed potatoes. When my daughters were young, they would love to help her cook as much as they could. I watched as they would boil the potatoes and measure out the cream and butter that we had bought fresh from the market. I want to see them again but I know that this war will not be over any time soon. The confederacy's holding on strong and I don't think they will be giving up. I shall gather what I can to create the potatoes for my troops.

Enrollment

I never know if my decisions are right. My wife, Mary Anne is very sickly and I never know when my last goodbye with her is. I worry who is taking care of her. Being away from a sickly wife with seven potential caretakers should not worry me as much as it does. Not quite seven anymore, though. My oldest, Custus, is a confederate general as well. William is part of the confederate army and Robert Jr. has just enrolled in the university of Virginia. I worry about Anne as she is blind in one eye and I don't know how she will handle house cleaning. Luckily, Elenore tends to help her out with tidying up her things. Speaking of Elenore, I hope she stays away from that Orton Williams. Mildred must miss me lots. She loves spending time with me and is quite spoiled as well. She recently went to boarding school and I have been told she will be returning soon due to this war. Sadly, I won't be there to greet her. As for Mary, she stays away from the house. Seems she is avoiding past…