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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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


My dear Mary


In my letter of this morg, which I wrote before going out on the lines, I forgot to mention some of my wants. It has become dreadfully hot & I suffer accordingly. Cannot poor little Agnes, whom I hope is well get into my trunks & send me two brown linen vests which ought to be there. Also 2 gauze undershirts. My drawers are becoming very dilapidated & if she finds any of those garments there (cotton) I should like them also. Can you have my two pairs of drawers made out of that twilled Cotton you spoke of. You Can cut them by Custis’, but make them large in the horizontal dimensions & allow for shrinking. You Can leave them to be made by some person in need of work & pay her double. Again with much love to all & congratulations upon the recovery of Morgan, whom I think had better be bequeathed to his Uncle Smith, believe me always yours

R E Lee




Source: Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51c 528, Section 26, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 February 24

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