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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Head Quarters Cavalry Corps

Army of Northern Virginia

December 17th 1863

Dear Major,

            I send for you to read and then return to me a letter from Col Funsten. I think it will satisfy you that Lt Col G. had better go to Wheeler, such Snarls are getting up all the time, with him, but have not yet obtained in the case of Venable who is quite as thorough in his inspection. Wheeler is entitled to him, let him go. He will never get over his Jack shop1 scrape every soldier will yell “Jack shop” at him. I approved his assignment to me supposing he had Wheelers sanction, but it appears not.

Funsten’s letter is improper & will be returned but you see the animus. existing.

Mo Respectfully

J.E.B. Stuart

P.S. Quarles sends the allum. He quarles having gotten on several sprees was yesterday discharged.


Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 8, M2009.307

Transcribed by Caitlin Connelly, 2016 July 13


1. Battle of Jack’s Shop, fought on 1863 September 21 in Madison, VA.

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