• The Lees of Virginia
  • The Lees of Virginia
  • The Lees of Virginia
  • The Lees of Virginia

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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Roanoke Land & Improvement Co.

C. C. Taliaferro,

            Land Agent

Roanoke, Va.,             Apr 11, 1894.

Col. Walter Taylor,

            Norfolk, Va.

Dear Sir:-

            I would like to ask a favor of you as an old soldier, and it is this: If you will remember I was with you when you I led the charge and carried the flag at that great charge at Spottsylvania C.H. at the “bloody angle” and your horse was killed under you and you got on mine. And as I am certain that was the hottest place I was in during the war – and I was in it from the first battle of Manassas- to the surrender at Appomattox C.H. – I would like to get a certificate from you that I followed you that day – (to hand down to my children and grandchildren in after years). I see that most of our old officers have died, and I have nothing to show that I was ever in a battle but the five scars I have in my body. If you will write me a letter stating that I was with you at that time and at the surrender, I will be ever so much obliged.

Yours truly,

C. C. Taliaferro





Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 8, M2009. 462

Transcribed by Caitlin Connelly, 2016 July 28

Reference Shelf

Data Collections

About the Project

Website by Fresh Look Web Design
Copyright 2014 All Rights Reserved