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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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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Camp Petersburg 28 Aug ‘64

 

I recd yesterday dear Mary your letter of the 18th & am rejoiced to hear of your improvement in health. I trust your particular disease will in time yield to the influence of your general strength, & if your difficulty to locomotion at present arises from the effects of your fall, that with time that will vanish. You must however be very Careful of yourself, & though I am very glad you are able to ride, which will prove a pleasure as well as benefit if properly regulated. Still unless you are very prudent in the beginning, may lead to Colds & injury. I enclose a kind letter from Miss Mary Tinsely, the purport of which you will perceive. I thanked her for her father & mothers kind invitation, told her of the distress which travelling occasioned you &c &c, but if you can you had better write to them yourself. A letter from Custis yesterday reported the invalids doing well & that Mary & Annie Leigh were to go to the country tomorrow but did not state where. I hope their trip may benefit both. I am very grateful that Rob’s injury was slight & Fitzhugh unhurt. Bev’s wound was more serious but I trust his youth under the favour of a kind Providence will soon restore him. We have had two quite sharp Conflicts during the past week. The 14th & 25th. Although the enemy was punished, still we were unable to drive him within his original lines. His position however has been so near the Welden R. R. that we could not operate it with safety, & unless we can drive him away entirely, his present position is but little more disadvantageous for us than his former. His attempt is now to starve us out, which I trust he will be unable to accomplish, nor will it be possible as long our farmers maintain their present patriotism. In the battle of the 14th Mr Bernard Taylor was killed while gallantly serving his gun. He was the nephew of Mr Wm Taylor & he & his brother his principal heirs. I am very sorry for his death. On the 25th Fitzhugh’s division behaved splendidly charging on foot the enemy’s works on the right, & capturing the men at their posts with their arms &c. The North Carolina brigades signalized themselves, & behaved most handsomely. As usual we have to mourn the loss of brave men & officers, worth more to me than the whole Federal nation. But we must bear all that an ever loving God inflicts upon us, until he is graciously pleased to pardon our sins & to relieve us from the heavy punishment they have brought upon us. You must give much love to my dear daughters. Present my kind regards to Dr & Mrs Cocke & all the family. With unchanged love for yourself I am most truly

R E Lee      

 

 

 

Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 543, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 September 19

 

 

1. Bernard Moore Taylor was a native of Caroline County and graduate of the University of Virginia. He was killed at the battle for the Welden railroad on 1864 August 21. 

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