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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Hdqrs. Department of Northern Virginia,

July 25, 1862


Maj. Gen. Lafayette McLaws,

Commanding, &c.:


General: The letter of Colonel Nance, with reference to estrays, with your indorsement, is received. I fear this is one of the evils resulting from the laxity of discipline in the army, which it will require the united efforts of all to remedy. I do not see what can be accomplished by the publication of an order on this subject. If any course can be suggested, or if the enlargement of the power of any regimental or brigade commander is required, I shall be glad to consider it. Should any particular cases of misconduct be reported, examples will be made of the offenders. I hope that the measures taken by you will be found effectual to break up what I regard as a great evil in your command.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R E Lee,

General, Commanding



Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 11, Part 3, p. 653

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 October 31

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