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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 27 Mar ’64


My dear Mary

I recd. this evg your note with the bag of socks. The latter contained 5 prs: white cotton sent by Mrs John Y. Mason the Louisn. for 20 prs: yarn (19 prs grey & 1 pr. white)

1 pr yarn (white) for Priv. Jones brother

26 prs. altogether

You stated on the back of your note that there were 23 prs: of yarn & 1 pr: for Priv Jones brother & did not mention the 5 prs: of cotton from Mrs. John Y. Mason so that I am again at a loss to know whether all the socks arrived that were sent.

If the yarn mentioned by you, were exclusive of the cotton, there are three prs: missing. This is unpleasant, & the courier feels aggrieved when the contents differ from the invoice. I must again ask you to have the socks counted accurately, & the number correctly stated, giving the whole contents of the bag.

In addition to the socks mentioned above there were seven prs: of gloves. You had better not send any more gloves but retain them all for next winter. I think too it is best not to send any more yarn socks, especially such thick ones as the last, unless there may be a small balance that you wish to dispose of.

You see the first of April is upon us. The weather will become warm & I fear the men will throw away their thick socks before they are half worn. You had better now work upon the cotton. I am very glad that you are all well & am much obliged to that kind lady for sending you the hams. I fear people impoverish themselves on our account. I have recd. a large box from Mrs. M T. Harman of Staunton, containing a little of everything to eat. Ham, tongues, eggs, potatoes, sugar, meal, bread, buckwheat & cake, butter, & I dare say other things.

I have no news. The storm seems to have passed away. We have had a beautiful day. The church was crowded & three ladies on horseback called at my camp on their return home. Mrs. Gordon, Mrs. Lamar & Miss Mittie Carter. The two first are wives of officers, the third will be I presume. Dr. Peyton of Fauquier3 spent last evg with us & set off on his return this morg. He said all were well when he left. Govr Vance is on a visit to the N. C. troops. Give much love to all. Fitz Lee returned from church with me to day. I saw Johnny skirting around the young women. With true affection.

R E Lee




1. Mary Ann Fort Mason (1803-1870) was the wife of John Y. Mason (1799-1859). She was born in Southampton County, Virginia, died there, and is buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.

2. Lee might be referring to Caroline V. Stevenson Harman (1825-1903), the wife of Michael Garber Harman, a Confederate quartermaster from Staunton. Harman was born in 1823 in Staunton. He served as a colonel in the 52nd Virginia regiment and as a quartermaster to Stonewall Jackson. He resigned from the army in June of 1863 and moved back to Staunton, where he worked as a quartermaster. He died in 1877.

3. Dr. Robert Eden Peyton (1804-1872). His wife was Nanette Lee Jones (1808-1895).




Source: Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51c 507, Section 26, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 February 24





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