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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 Fredg 20 Feby ’63


My precious little Agnes


Genl Jones arrived yesterday with your letter. He brought some mud with him too, but that is a drug at present. If you see him he can tell you of the delights of our Camp & you will regret more than ever that you did not Come. It is true we have had a heavy storm of three days, snow sleet & rain. Though Perry had entrenched me, the water night before last broke through my tent. But I did not know it till morg & had a quiet night. This morg the glorious sun is out, & will soon warm & dry us. How good is God! I am distressed at the continued indisposition of your mother. I trust this bright sun will dissipate her pains. Give much love to her & take care of her. I am sorry for the poor brides. Tell Miss Genly & Mary Mercer, this is the best tour for them. The ruins of Fredg. No body wants to see them as much as I do. Thank Mrs & Miss Rives for the beautiful blanket you describe. I fear it is too beautiful for me, but is worthy of them. You & Miss Sallie must weave fabrics for soldiers garments. They are much wanted now. Kiss Douglas for Genl E & remember me to his mother & Mr Warwick. I am called to the good breakfast.

Very truly your father


R E Lee




Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51c 434, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 December 1



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