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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 18 Mar ’64


I arrived safely dear Mary yesterday & found all well. I was very sorry to leave you all & especially not to see more of dear Fitzhugh to whom, my heart was so full I Could say but little. I hope however he will soon Come up when I Can see more of him. There were 67 prs: of socks in the bag I brought up instead of 64 as you supposed, & I found here three dozen prs: of beautiful white yarn socks sent over by our kind Cousin Julia & sweet little Carrie, (I suppose the latter wishes to Console me for not having Bertus1) making 103 prs: all of which I sent to the Stone wall brigade. One dozen of the Stuart socks had double heels. Can you not teach Mildred that stitch? Indeed all might have had them, but I did not observe the larger package as closely as the Smaller. They sent me also some hams, which I had rather they had eaten, & each wrote me a kind note. Tell Maggie she must thank them for all. I take advantage of Bryans visit to R[ichmond] to send you a portion of a box some kind people have sent me from the Allegheny. A roll of butter, 10 doz eggs & a few apples. Have some omelettes made for those poor little girls, to revive them after their repose, & to cheer up the repast of the gentlemen.

You must give my kind regards to your large family & give much love to my children. I pray that you may be preserved & relieved from all your troubles & that we may all be again united here on earth & forever in Heaven.


Most truly & affly

R E Lee




Source: Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51c 504, Section 25, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond


Transcribed by Colin Woodward    


1. Bertus was a nickname for Robert E. Lee, Jr., (aka “Robertus”)

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