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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 editor, Colin Woodward, at  (804) 493-1940, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



Headquarters Virginia Forces,

Richmond, Va., April 29, 1861


Andrew Talcott, Esq., Colonel, Engineers:

Sir: You will proceed up James River, to the vicinity of Burwell's Bay, and select the most suitable point which, in your judgment, should be fortified, in order to prevent the ascent of the river by the enemy. Lay off the works and leave their construction to Lieut. C. Ap R. Jones, Virginia Navy, who will accompany you. You will then proceed to the mouth of the Appomattox, and there perform the same service, selecting some point below the mouth of that river, supposed to be old Fort Powhatan. Captain Cocke will take charge of the construction of this work. Be pleased to give the above-mentioned officers such instruction as they may require in the construction of these works, and report what you shall have done.

Respectfully, &c.,

R E Lee

Major-General, Commanding


Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 2, p. 788-789

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 November 15  

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