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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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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Petersburg  28 Mar ‘65

My dear Agnes

                I recd last night your letter of the 26th & I felt great pleasure at the thought of seeing you & wish I Could enjoy  that pleasure. The Meades have more than once proposed to me to bring you to see them & I should like you very much to do so. I do not know that there is any objections on the score you mention, provisions, for every one seems to have a sufficiency of food, but I cannot say what a day may bring forth. I fear you have put off your visit too late. Genl Grant is evidently preparing for something & is marshaling & preparing his troops for some movement, which is not yet disclosed. Yesterday he was collecting troops on his left & this morg it Continues. It would be very dreadful if you should be caught in a battle when the road would have to be used for mil: purposes & you cut off. I think it necessary to inform you that you may be prepared. If you do Come you must let me know by military telegraph that I may send a Conveyance for you at the appointed hour. You must wish a great deal of happiness to Miss Beirne & I wish I could see her & Miss Sally too. I do not like to hear of the latter going to weddings. I fear it is premonitory. Give much love to your mother,sisters & friends

Your affectionate father

R E Lee

 

 

 

Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 582, Section 29, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Katie Gibson, 2017 June 29

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