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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Spotsylvania Court House

May 16, 1864


My Dearest Mary:

            I received your note with the 20 pairs socks. The latter I have distributed. Just before leaving Orange the Quartermaster received thirty thousand pairs which are sufficient. The ladies had better therefore retain for the present the socks they manufacture. I have thought of you very often in these last eventful days & have wished to write to you, but have found it impossible. As I write I am expecting the sound of the guns every moment. I grieve the loss of our gallant officers & men, & miss their aid & sympathy. A more zealous, ardent, brave & devoted soldier, than Stuart, the Confederacy cannot have.

Praise be to God for having sustained us so far. May His blessing be continued to us. I return the bag, napkins & towel. Give much love to all. God bless & preserve you.



Truly & affly


R. E. Lee






Source: The Wartime Papers of R. E. Lee, edited by Clifford Dowdey and Louis Manarin, 730-731.



Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 May 16

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