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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Savannah 18 Nov 1861


My dear Mary

This is the first moment I have had to write to you & now am waiting the call to breakfast, on my way to Brunswick, Fernandina &c. This is my second visit to Savannah night before last I returned to Coosawhatchie S.C. from Charleston, where I have placed my Hdqrs: & last night came here, arriving after midnight. I recd. in Charleston your letter from Shirley. It was a grievous disappointment to me not to have seen you but better times will come I hope. I am very glad Fitzhugh has got in to see his little wife & son & hope the latter will soon be well now since he has seen his Pa’a. Poor little Annie I am sorry for her, but the child is happy.

You probably have seen the operations of the enemys fleet. Since this first attack they have been quiescent apparently, confining themselves to: Hilton Head, where they are apparently fortifying.

I have no time more. Love to all,

Yours very affy & truly

R E Lee




Source: Transcribed from photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 324, Section 16, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 August 22 

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