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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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, December 18, 1862

General Wade Hampton, Cavalry Brigade:

General: When I proposed your transfer to the cavalry, I understood you, in giving your assent, to say that you did not desire it to be permanent. The death of General Gregg, so deeply regretted by the army and the country, leaves his brigade without a commander. If it is agreeable to your wishes, and will not do violence to the feelings of others, I will propose to the Department your permanent transfer to the brigade. I first wish to know whether it will be agreeable to you.

I am, with great respect, your obedient servant,

R E Lee,





Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 21, p. 1067

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 February 12

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