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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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

22 Nov ’62


I have recd dearest Mary your letter of the 18th with the letters of Marshall & Markie enclosed. I was much gratified at their perusal & particularly glad to hear of my poor sisters improved condition. I do not know when I shall be able to thank him for his sympathy. I return Markie’s as you desire & place with it a letter from Mrs. Elliott, sister of Mrs. Stiles. I have also recd the package of drawers you sent me. I have not yet been able to open it, but I have no doubt the garments are excellent & fit perfect. The morg I left Culpepper Rob walked into my camp, so I put him on one of my horses & brought him along in the evg. He had a rainy ride but we reached here next morg. Fortunately his upper garments were good & he had picked up on the last battle field a soldiers overcoat (yankee) which kept him tolerably dry. But he had nothing but what he stood in, & never has when I see him. I must try & get him something. He did not have a blanket, so I had to share mine with him. I wish Miss Norvell [Caskie] would marry him & take care of him. I have given him a horse, saddle & bridle to begin with. I have not recd Mr. Kipler’s letter but no doubt will in time & will attend to it. I do not now know what I can do. We have had wretched weather since I have been here & I fear our men have suffered much. It has been very cold & still is. But it has been dry to day. I have been out ever since my arrival surveying the enemy & preparing for them. I hope we shall give a good account of them if they cross. They seem to be hesitating, but are very numerous. They demanded the surrender of Fredg yesterday & said if it was not yielded by 5 p.m. they would shell the town at 9 a.m. to day. They however did not commence. I was moving out the women & children all last night & to day. It was a pitious sight. But they have brave hearts. What is to become of them God only knows. I pray he may have mercy on them. Fitzhugh is well tell Chass. He dined with me yesterday. Rob will join him now. Give much love to her & the baby. Also to Agnes. Remember me to all friends.

Very truly & affy

R E Lee




Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 407, Virginia Historical Society

 Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 April 3


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