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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 curator, Colin Woodward, about how you can contribute to this historic project.




Camp on Sewell

28th Sept: 1861


Brig Gen: Jno. B. Floyd

Commanding &c

Meadow Bluff




            By direction of Gen Lee I enclose a list of “absentees without leave” from Col. Tompkins, 22nd Va: regt; the Colonel supposes these men have ret’d to your camp & you are requested to cause them to join their command as soon as the state of the road is such as to permit it. The men are pretty comfortable; there is here plenty of beef, but no flour or salt. Finding the turnpike impossible, dispatches and were forwarded you this morning by the old State road.


Your Obt Servant,

W. H. Taylor



P.S. Since writing the foregoing, the Gen has been informed by Capt Thomas that there is no salt with this command & that there are about 80 bus[hells] at White Sul. Sp'gs he suggests that you procure the same.

W. H. Taylor,



Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 8, M2009.270, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 October 21


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