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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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




May 12, 1864



This morning at dawn the enemy broke through that part of our line occupied by [General Edward] Johnson’s division and gained possession of a portion of our breastworks, which he still holds. A number of pieces of artillery fell into his hands. The engagement has continued all day, and with the exception indicated we have maintained our ground. In the beginning of the action we lost a large number of prisoners, but thanks to a merciful providence our subsequent casualties were not large. Major Genl Johnson and Brig Genl [George H.] Steuart were taken prisoners. The brave Genl [Abner] Perrin was killed and Genls [James A.] Walker of the Stonewall Brigade and [Junius] Daniel severely wounded.


R. E. Lee





Source: The Wartime Papers of R. E. Lee, edited by Clifford Dowdey and Louis Manarin, pp. 727-728.


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 May 12

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