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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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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More than 3,600 letters, legal documents, books, and other papers are available at the Lee Family Digital Archive. We are in the process of adding new documents to our database daily. Items added before September 2015 are found at this link.

To view a transcript of a letter, click on either the sender or recipient name. We are in the process of adding scanned images of letters, which will be available in the "Original" column.

To see letters we have uploaded into our new format, see the list below:

Robert E. Lee       Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte 1850 September 19
Zaccheus Collins Lee       George W. Lewis 1851 February 17
Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee       "Abbey" ca. 1851 August 22
Robert E. Lee       Nat Burwell 1852 January 5
Robert E. Lee       Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte 1852 February 6
William Henry Fitzhugh Lee       George Washington Custis Lee 1852 February 15
Robert E. Lee       George Washington Custis Lee 1852 April 5
Robert E. Lee       Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte 1852 July 31
Robert E. Lee       James Eveleth 1852 August 1  
Robert E. Lee       Joseph G. Totten 1852 September 1  
Robert E. Lee       Joseph G. Totten 1852 September 2  
Robert E. Lee       William H. Terrill 1852 September 3  
Robert E. Lee       Joseph G. Totten 1852 September 6  
Robert E. Lee       Joseph G. Totten 1852 September 8  
Robert E. Lee       Joseph G. Totten 1852 September 8  
Robert E. Lee       John Sloane 1852 September 15  
Robert E. Lee       John Gallaher 1852 September 15  
Robert E. Lee       Joseph G. Totten 1852 September 16  
Robert E. Lee       R. S. Smith 1852 September 17  
Robert E. Lee       Joseph G. Totten 1852 September 18  
Robert E. Lee       Joseph G. Totten 1852 September 20  
Robert E. Lee       Joseph G. Totten 1852 September 20  
Robert E. Lee       William G. Webster 1852 September 23  
Robert E. Lee       R. S. Smith 1852 September 24  
Robert E. Lee       Joseph G. Totten 1852 September 27  
Robert E. Lee       Anna M. Whistler 1852 September 28  
Robert E. Lee       Joseph G. Totten 1852 October 2  
Robert E. Lee       John S. Gallaher 1852 October 2  
Robert E. Lee       John Sloane 1852 October 2  
Robert E. Lee       C. M. Conrad 1852 October 4  
Robert E. Lee       Joseph G. Totten 1852 October 4  
Robert E. Lee       Joseph G. Totten 1852 October 5  
Robert E. Lee       Archibald Gracie 1852 October 6  
Robert E. Lee       Joseph G. Totten 1852 October 6  
Robert E. Lee       Joseph G. Totten 1852 October 7  
Robert E. Lee       Joseph G. Totten 1852 October 9  
Robert E. Lee       Jerome Napleon Bonaparte 1853 March 12  
Robert E. Lee       Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte 1853 March 19  
Robert E. Lee       Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte 1853 April 11  
Robert E. Lee       Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte 1853 May 11  
Nathaniel Phippen Knapp       Ellen McMacken Lee Bedford Knapp 1853 July 20  
Robert E. Lee       Edward Lee Childe 1853 October 31  
Robert E. Lee       Martha Custis Williams 1854 February 28  
Robert E. Lee       Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte 1854 November 4  
Robert E. Lee       Jerome Napleon Bonaparte 1854 December 5  
Robert E. Lee       Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte 1854 May 31  
Robert E. Lee       Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte 1855 February 28  
Robert E. Lee       Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee 1856 March 17  
Robert E. Lee       Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee 1856 March 20  
Robert E. Lee       Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee 1856 March 28  
William Henry Fitzhugh Lee       Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee 1856 March 30  
Robert E. Lee       Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee 1856 April 12  
Anne Carter Lee       Robert E. Lee 1856 May 21  
Robert E. Lee       Elizabeth Stiles 1856 May 24  
Eleanor Agnes Lee       Robert E. Lee 1856 May 24  
Boston Board of Trade       Sidney Smith Lee 1856 June 17  
Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee       Charles Carter Lee 1856 July 17  
Sidney Smith Lee       Boston Board of Trade 1856 July 18  
Robert E. Lee       William Overton Winston 1856 July 24  
Robert E. Lee       Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee 1856 July 28  
Robert E. Lee       Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee 1856 August 4  
William L. Marshall       Edward Lee Childe 1856 August 17  
Robert E. Lee       Edward Vernon Childe 1856 November 1  
Robert E. Lee       Nathan George Evans 1856 December 15

Photo of Robert E. Lee, ca. 1850s (Courtesy of William J. Stier Collection)

Photo of Nathan George Evans, pre-Civil War (Courtesy of William J. Stier Collection)

Photo of Nathan George Evans, Civil War uniform (Courtesy of the William J. Stier Collection)

Robert E. Lee

      Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee 1856 December 27  
Robert E. Lee       Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee 1857 January 3  
Robert E. Lee       Edward Vernon Childe 1857 January 7

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Robert E. Lee       Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee 1857 January 7  
Robert E. Lee       Edward Vernon Childe 1857 January 9

Robert E. Lee to Edward Vernon Childe

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Robert E. Lee       Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee 1857 January 9  
Robert E. Lee       Mildred Childe Lee 1857 January 9  
Robert E. Lee       Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee 1857 January 31  
Robert E. Lee       Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee 1857 February 7  
Robert E. Lee       Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee 1857 February 16  
Robert E. Lee       Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee 1857 March 13  
Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee       Robert E. Lee 1857 March 17  
Robert E. Lee       Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee 1857 March 20  
Robert E. Lee       Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee 1857 March 21  
Robert E. Lee       Mildred Childe Lee 1857 March 22  
Robert E. Lee       Irwin McDowell 1858 July 1  
Robert E. Lee       Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte 1858 June 14  
Robert E. Lee       Samuel Cooper 1858 July 1  
Robert E. Lee       Edward Lee Childe 1858 September 6

Robert E. Lee to Edward Lee Childe

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Ferdinand Pettrich       Henry Wise 1858 October 3  
Robert E. Lee       Samuel Cooper 1859 January 1  
Jabez Curry       Tabitha Jordan Curry Lee 1859 February 16 Jabez Curry to Tabitha Jordan Curry Lee, Page 2
Nathaniel F. Cabell       Charles Carter Lee 1859 March  
Robert E. Lee       Wyman and Company 1859 July 14  
Robert E. Lee       Hartford Fire Insurance Company 1859 October 17  
Robert E. Lee       Secretary of War 1859 October 19  
Robert E. Lee       Henry Lee 1859 December 6  
Robert E. Lee       Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee 1860 July 1
Robert E. Lee       Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee 1860 July 15
Eleanor Agnes Lee       Anne Carter Lee 1860 August 6  
Robert E. Lee       Anne Carter Lee 1860 August 27
Robert E. Lee       Mildred Childe Lee 1860 October 22
Eleanor Agnes Lee       Mildred Childe Lee 1860 October 29  
Martha Custis Williams Carter       Anne Carter Lee 1860 November 17
Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee       Benson John Lossing 1860 December 27  

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