June 19th, 1900;
My Dear Boy,
I was more than pleased to receive your letter and to know you still had me in kind remembrance. I have often thought about you and your dear mother and sisters. I suppose they are no more as you did not mention them in your letter. Fritz, you was a good boy and a true soldier, one who was ever ready for every and all duties, and the remembrance of this fact makes me know your worth as a soldier and a true man. Fritz, keep this and show it to your children in the after year that they may know in what esteem you was held by your old Captain.
I did expect to go to Louisville, but was detained on business that I could not get off. I am sorry you did not meet up with John Anderson, then the Ordnance Sergeant. He has been living there ever since the War. There is not many of us left to meet now. We’ll have only to look for a general meet over the river. Lt. Springfield and Armstrong and Watkins have passed away. Lt. Lauderdale is railroad Agent of South RR at Selma, Alabama. Gus Jarnagin, Jim Hook, Bill & George Brown, and John & Wes Roberts, John Moreland are living in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Rap Garrett, Jim Lewis and Autrey and Zeke Hannah [live] here out in the country from Chattanooga. And Mark Wofford and P. M. Tate in upper part of country. A. Y. Hackett at Ringgold, Georgia. And Combs at Loudermilk, GA. Jim Erwin lives near; Ed Day did but died short time ago. Henry Eldman lives 30 miles from here. Sam’l Lukeroy is also alive on. Jim McGriff and J. K. P. Douglass is in your state, did live at Fort Smith, was an Elector on Bryant ticket in 1896. These are the only ones I ever knew anything about I think. Jim Brown is still alive and drunk at Cleveland, Tennessee.
I am glad to know your condition as to this world is good. Sorry to learn of your misfortune to lose your wife. No one knows the loss, only thou who has suffered. I am in very good health, white whisker and my head considerably grey. Have made a fortune and lost same speculating.
Give my regards to your dear children, and if I ever come to Arkansas and come any where near you, I will call and see you. Write to me occasionally.
Your Old Captain & Friend,
Robert L. Barry
(Source: The State of Arkansas Confederate Pension Application of George Frederick “Fritz” Maunz, dated 1916.)