• The Lees of Virginia
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  • The Lees of Virginia

The Lee Family Digital Archive is the largest online source for primary source materials concerning the Lee family of Virginia. It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online. We are always looking for new letters, diaries, and books to add to our website. Do you have a rare item that you would like to donate or share with us? If so, please contact our editor, Colin Woodward, at  (804) 493-1940, about how you can contribute to this historic project.


 

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My dear Colonel

I am desirous that the bravery of the Army of N. Va shall be correctly transmitted to posterity. This is the only tribute that can be paid to the worth of its noble officers & soldiers, & I am anxious to collect the necessary data for the history of the campaigns in Vrga from the commencement of its organization to its final surrender. I am particularly anxious that its actual strength in the different battles it has fought, be correctly stated. You know all its official returns, records, etc from the time of my connection with it have been lost or destroyed. As you prepared the bimonthly returns for so long, & listed their accuracy, I have thought its gradual changes may have been impressed upon your memory & that you might state with some confidence its effective strength at each of the great battles it has fought, in Inft Cavy & Arty. You may also have some memoranda within your reach that would assist your memory. Please give me at least the benefit of your recollection.

I have been grreatly pleased at hearing that you have been elected to the office of Registrar of your native city, which has been stated to me to be one of importance, & profit. I know you will fill it worthily & satisfactorily.

Please present my kindest regards to your mother wife sisters & brothers, in which I know I would be joined by all the members of my family did they know I was writing.

Very truly yours
R E Lee

P.S. Please direct to the care of James K. Caskie

Clay & 11 Sts Richmd VA

 
Source: R. E. Lee Collection, Leyburn Library, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia. Typed transcript copy availabe at the Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 8, M2009.M2009.337, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall

 

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 October 16

 

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