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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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




November 26 [1862]


My dear little Milly

I received your letter to day from Agnes how she got it I did not enquire, suffice it to say that I got it & it gave me great pleasure I can assure you.

The death of dear Annie was a great blow to all of us but we know she is in heaven & should not complain of the hard lot of being without her in this world, when we know she is so much better of[f] in another & we should try by God’s mercy to meet her there.

I believe Ma has concluded not to let you come to Richmond these holidays in which I think she errs since you have a whole month but howsomever you must make the best of it & enjoy yourself as well as improve yourself

I suppose you know that I am now a 1st Lieut of Cavalry & on Rooney’s staff who is a Brig Gen I am now in Richmond getting my outfit.

This change in your brother’s prospects I have no doubt pleases you as much as it does him.

I was with Pa on his way down from Culpeper to Fredericksburg, rode one of his horses & every one thought I was one of the staff

            Pa is looking very well & is in very good spirits & I think we’ll whip old Burnside badly when we meet him.

I saw Miss Norvell to day & knowing I was going to write she sent any number of messages but of course I have forgotten them all. Ma has written you a letter so she will tell you every thing interesting to you in the way dresses &c &c

            You must excuse me this miserable letter for it is allmost the first I have written for nearly six months

            So good night

from your

beloved brother

Robert E. Lee,

Lt of Cav




Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 409, Section 20, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 April 20    

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