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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Culpeper, June 9, 1863


His Excellency Jefferson Davis:

Cooke had better be advanced to Hanover Junction, and Jenkins to the Chickahominy. Corse is ordered to join Pickett. Enemy crossed the Rappahannock at Beverly Ford—cavalry, infantry, and artillery—in large force this morning.

Prisoners from two corps have been captured this side of the river. Two other corps are reported to be advancing north of the Rappahannock.

R. E. Lee





Referred to Adjutant and Inspector General for communication, as advised, to be made to General D. H. Hill in reference to Jenkins, and orders in relation to Cooke’s brigade.

J. D. [Davis.]



Source: The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series 1, Vol. 27, Part 3, p. 874.


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 June 9

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