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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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




Head Qrs. Army No Va

31st October 1864

Lieut. Genl. A. P. Hill

Commanding &c


I have received your several reports of the late operations of the troops under your command, and of the cavalry under Genl Hampton. I am much gratified at the results obtained, and pleased with the good conduct and courage displayed by officers and men. You have rendered valuable service, and I desire to tender to you, and to the officers and men engaged, my thanks for what they have accomplished and the expression of my high appreciation of their soldierly qualities. You will please communicate my acknowledgements to Maj Genl Hampton and his cavalry, whose service on this occasion afford another evidence of the capacity and skill, and of the efficiency and bravery of his command

Very respectfully

Your Obt Servant

R E Lee






W. H. Palmer



Maj Genl Wade Hampton

Commandg Cavalry Corps.





Source: Robert E. Lee Headquarters Papers, Mss3 L515a, Folder 9, Virginia Historical Society



Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 March 18

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