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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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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Head Qrs Lee’s Car Brigade

March 27th, 1863

My darling Mother,

                Your letter enclosing two of my sister Mildred’s reached me, after a journey of ten days.

 You grieved me my dear Mother in supposing that your sons who owe to you their all, their very existence to you should be so unnatural as to shun your society & prefer absence from you to being with you.

 I have not been able to come & see you for a great many reasons. I have not been able to leave the army until the last week or two. And then the difficulty of transportation, & the enormous expense of traveling & accommodations, which I am unable to afford has deterred me from making a journey to Richmond, until a more favorable opportunity; which I hope will soon offer itself My dear mother, for I long to see you. I hope now you will not now think that I am so unthankful & unloving.

 I was down at “Hickory Hill” last week where I took Charlotte after her long stay with her husband; she was looking very well & seemed very sorry to leave. They were all very kind & attentive & I felt very homesick  when I left. I then went over to North Wales intending to spend the night & leave the next morning; but the snow came & I waited three days, untill it disapeared. Uncle W was very kind to me & I had a very pleasant time talking & reading.

 That was a very sad loss the Confederacy sustained in the death of Major Pelham & those other officers & men who were killed on the Rapidan. But we drove them back & thwarted their purposes, which God grant we may always do.

 I went to church today to here Mr. Temple preach his “fast day” sermon. But the poor man though as pure a Christian & as good an Episcopalian as any of us poor mortals here below, was very deficint in Eloquence or even sense, I am sorry to say it, but truth well out. I wish you would get me some cotton socks knit as soon as possible for the warm weather is fast approaching & I shall need them. Tell Miss Norwell I am about to procure a beautiful little Black Mare & I want her permission to name her after her. Remember me to all my friends & relatives & beleive me your loving son

                                                                                                   Robert E Lee

 

 

 

 

Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 440, Section 21, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Katie Gibson, 2017 June 20

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