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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Locket containing General Lee’s hair1

For my little friend

            Eliza Snowden Thomas

                        from Mary Custis Lee

August 29th 1867

a lock of Genl R.E. Lee’s hair

(On reverse: Miss E.S. Thomas)


Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 4, M2009.351

Transcribed by Caitlin Connelly, 2016 May 25

1. Locket with hair on exhibit in Reception Center, Stratford Hall, VA

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