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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Mobile February 28/62


My dear wife

I wrote you yesterday & in that I expressed the opinion that our Seaboards would probably be advanced – Today we have strong evidence of that – Gen Bragg is ordered to Tennessee – Gen Withers[1] & Gen Gladden[2] – This leaves us no troops & no generals outside of the Malitia [sic] – I go by train tomorrow evening & will see you soon I hope –


Yr affectionate


R. H Lee


Source:   Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 3, M2009.280, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 November 6


[1]Jones Mitchell Withers (1814-1890) was an Alabama politician and lawyer before the Civil War as well as a veteran of the Mexican War. In 1861 he served as commander of the District of Alabama. He left Mobile in February 1862 to become a division commander in the Army of Mississippi. He fought at Shiloh, and after the battle he was again promoted. He later fought in the Army of Tennessee and performed well at the battle of Murfreesboro. He resigned from the army in July of 1863 but later served as commander of the District of North Alabama in the Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana. After the war, he worked as a cotton broker and newspaper editor in Mobile.

[2]Adley Hogan Gladden was born in South Carolina in 1810. He defended Pensacola early in the war and served briefly in Mobile before being reassigned to the Army of Mississippi. He was mortally wounded at Shiloh and died on 1862 April 12.

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