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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Head Quarters, Richmond,

July 5th 1861


Thos. A. Dodamead

Sup’t of Transpn Central & orange & Alexa R.R.




I am informed that there are at Edinburgh, Shenandoah Co, 200 Tons of Gun metal, belonging to Dr Archer, which are much needed at the Bellona Arsenal. I have to request that transportation be provided to Richmond on your line of road as early as possible not to the prejudice, however, of more important business.

Very Resp’ly

Your ob’d’t serv’t

R E Lee

Gen’l Comd’g





Source: Digital copy of original letter (not in Lee’s handwriting, but signed by Lee), Brock Collection, Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino, California

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2019 January 15


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