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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Headquarters of the Forces,

Richmond, Va., July 15, 1861


Brig. Gen. J. B. Magruder,

Commanding, &c., Yorktown, Va.:


General: I have had the gratification of receiving your letter of the 13th instant, containing Major Hood’s report of his brilliant skirmish with the enemy on the 12th instant, and of submitting it to the President. Will you express to Major Hood and the gallant men who were engaged in the affair the pleasure which their conduct has given both myself and the President.


R E Lee


General, Commanding



Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 2, p. 298

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 November 13

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