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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 24 Mar ’64


I recd this evg dear Mary your note of the 23rd with the bag of socks, &c. I concur with you in wishing that their number had been greater, but they are still a great help this snowy weather. The bag only contained 17 prs socks & 1 pr gloves. You had better get one of the girls to Count them accurately & set down the number. The number of prs scarcely ever agrees with your statement & it may be that some of them are abstracted. If so I should like to know. I gave the white pair to Bryan to take over to Priv Jones brother. This made one of the 17 prs. Bryan was delighted to recover his tobacco, & I am much obliged to you for the jacket. I sent this batch of socks to the Stonewall brigade, having ascertained that there were about 300 men whose homes are within the enemy’s lines, & who are destitute of socks. This will make about 162 prs that have been sent to that brigade. We had a very deep snow tuesday. Col Murray said he measured it in several places in the woods around our camp & found it 18 inches deep. But I believe in the neighborhood it is rated at 15 inches. It has also been very cold. Monday I was on Clarke’s Mt: & along the Rapidan & to my feelings with the N Easter blowing in my face it was as cold as any day in winter. I hope you have not suffered, but are still progressing favourably. I pray to God hourly to bless & comfort you, & oh may he restore you in his own good time. You must not become weary but arm yourself with patience & resignation. How are those poor little girls. Mildred has it in power now to give them a great treat. Squirrel soup thickened with peanuts. Custis Morgan1 in such an exit from the stage would cover himself with glory. Tell Rob I have had a present of a very pretty pipe. It is beautifully carved, made by a Mississippian in camp, with his penknife. Ask him if he would recommend my commencing the inspiration at this late day. I hardly think it worth the trouble.

You must give a great deal of love to my children & kind regards to all. God bless you & all with you. May he be always with you & always preserve you.

Very truly & affly

R E Lee


P.S. I enclose a note from Dr. McCaw. I have no means of preserving such, do not like to destroy them, & therefore have previously sent some of the same character that they at least may be be preserved in your remembrance.






Source: Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51c 506, Section 25, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond


Transcribed by Colin Woodward 2017 February 22  



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