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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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, July 23, 1862

General James Longstreet,

Commanding, &c.:

General: Your note of this morning is received. If you can find suitable positions you can locate a brigade on the Darbytown and River roads and give them the necessary directions. They will serve, in addition to what was proposed, to prevent alarms and thus prevent annoyance to the troops. I have directed General Wise’s brigade to be attached to your command. He is in your front, and I desire you to take charge of the operations of that wing of the army.

General McClellan’s demonstrations may be to decisive, test our strength, or preparatory to real movements. He will require to be watched and restrained. I have directed General D. H. Hill from the right bank of the river to endeavor, by movable batteries, sharpshooters, &c., to annoy and arrest, if possible, the transport of his supplies.

Very respectfully,

R E Lee,





Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 11, Part 3, p. 645

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 October 31


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