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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Charlotte, Columbia and Augusta Railroad Co.

Superintendent’s Office,

Columbia, S.C., Sept 4 1871

Col. Walter H Taylor

Dear Taylor

            A thousand greetings & my Double-breasted affection to begin with & look out to see me for a few minutes sometime this winter being now a RR fellow (instead of Pasha of the finest Harem in Cairo as I came very near being a short while ago) & having RR business in Portsmouth.

            Can you give me the Corps of the Army as reorganized at Amelia C[ourt]H[ouse] on the retreat April 65 that is what Divisions composed Longstreets Ewells RH Andersons & Gordon’s Corps?

            Also can you give me the dates & particulars of Gen Lee’s movements (personal) on the retreat. When & where he halted or spent nights from time he left Petersburg till arrival at Appomattox. If you cant remember all just give me any items you do – to piece out my own fragmentary recollections you need not be formal or take any time to it but just pencil down roughly on this same sheet & return to me.

Most sincerely yours,

E. P. Alexander


Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 8, M2009.399

Transcribed by Caitlin Connelly, 2016 July 15

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