Letter from Robert Emmet Gribbin to his mother, October 12, 1903


Letter from Robert Emmet Gribbin to his mother, October 12, 1903


Robert Emmet Gribbin, 1887-1976, graduated from The Citadel in 1906. His collection in The Citadel Archives includes letters written to his mother and two sisters in Blackville, South Carolina during his first two years as a cadet. A selection of these letters have been digitized and transcribed for this website. The full collection can be viewed at The Citadel Archives in Charleston, South Carolina.




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Robert Emmet Gribbin Cadet Letters










Charleston (S.C.)

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S.C.M.A. Charleston, S.C.

Oct. 12, 1903

Dear Mamma:

I received your kind and newsy letter Friday and I was certainly glad to hear from home. We have had only one light shower since I have been here but I believe the weather is warmer than at home. Saturday they made us put on winter under clothing.

I hope you have gotten the heifer by now and that you are well pleased with her. Let me know how you like her.

Did you have frost that night? I guess you will soon be gather-

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ing the potatoes at the field. I hope you have gotten your feed by now. James is the most studious boy in the room so you need have no fear he is keeping me from studying. I believe I will get along better this year but my Trigonometry & English are very hard. I put in my order Saturday for a new fatigue coat but it will not be finished before Christmas as they are very busy.

My expenses so far down here have been about $5.35; including fare, some books, collars & cuffs, Bread, etc. I hope you will come to satisfactory settlement at Windsor. I paid Mr. Fishburne but owe Mr. Boager 5 cts for bread. 

I have not been to see anyone yet down here.

My speech was a great success 

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as I have had a large number of congratulations although our side lost. I did not remember to go and see about the vetch Saturday but will go next Saturday as I guess I will be kept in on Friday night.

Tell Mary I met Mrs. Hartsog (mother of Henry Hartsog)on the train and she said she knew Mary also wishing to be remembered. We have a bugler here now. His name is Carsteu think. He belonged to 2nd South Carolina Regiment which went to Cuba. “Uncle Billie” told me for me to learn the Bugle calls.

We have about 45 or 46 Rats.

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here this year. Some are from all over the U.S. I have not heard any more about going to St. Louis. I will close now with much love to all. James & Henry wish to be remembered.

Your loving son,

  1. Emmet Gribbin

P.S. Write soon & tell Mary & Annye to write also. Remember me to Misses Miles & Norris also the rest of the girls. 



Gribbin, Robert Emmet, 1887-1976, “Letter from Robert Emmet Gribbin to his mother, October 12, 1903,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed October 4, 2023, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/859.