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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Camp Culpepper CtHouse

13 Nov ’62


I recd. your note dear Mary by Bryan with the socks. I shall have no difficulty in disposing of the latter & will try & find a man with shoes to put over them. The weather has become fine again & will continue I presume till the end of the month. Last night I recd. the enclosed letter from dear little Mary Childe with the one to yourself. It was without superscription. You will see she preserves her warm affection for us still. I fear I will never see my poor Sister more & have no way of communicating with her. You need not hurry yourself about the drawers. Make them well in all parts if the material is worth it & if you cannot procure better. I have been out all day on the Rappahannock. The enemy seems to have his whole force massed near Warrenton. He withdrew yesterday from Amissville & Jefferson (near Waterloo) & last night we drove back his pickets. I do not know what he will attempt it next. He Seems now to be quiescent. I pray God that he will confuse their counsels & return them to thier [sic] own country. Our only trust & safety is in him. Fitzhugh is on the Rappk. I saw him to day belt chaps on his gallant grey with Beauregard Jones following. I hope she continues well & that my Grd. daughter is flourishing. Give much love to them both & to dear A. I recd. Since my arrival a letter from Mildred & have replied to it. I cannot write much & must now bid you good night. Remember me to Mr & Mrs C. Tell Miss N. she must not recommend the majors any more to me. When I look at them & think of her, nature revolts. May God have you all in his holy keeping is the constant prayer of yours truly & affectly

R E Lee




Source: Transcribed from photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 403, Section 20, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 November 1


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