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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



     Gen. C. Leventhorpe Served in the Confederate army with distinction during the late war.[1] Though not a citizen of North Carolina, he rose by merit alone, to the Command of a brigade of her troops, & was subsequently entrusted with the Command of a district in the Eastern portion of the State. In every position which he filled, he acted with gallantry, judgment, & intelligence & performed valuable service.

                                                                                                            R E Lee

                                                                                                            Lexington, Va: 4 Decr 65



Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 4, M2009.338, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 September 23





[1] Collett Leventhorpe was born 1815 May 15 in England. He was living in North Carolina when the Civil War broke out. He first served as a colonel in the 34th North Carolina and later the 11 North Carolina. He was commander of the District of Wilmington and fought at the battle of White Hall in North Carolina. He was transferred to the Army of Northern Virginia in the spring of 1863 and fought at Gettysburg. He was captured at Gettysburg and was imprisoned for nine months at Point Lookout in Maryland. After being released, he returned to command troops in North Carolina. He surrendered with Joseph E. Johnston’s troops in North Carolina in April 1865. He died in North Carolina in December of 1889.

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