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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Camp Near Orange Ct House

17 August ‘62


My dear Mary

I passed by you friday morning when you were asleep. I looked very hard but could see no body. I should have liked so much to stop to have waked you all up. I was afraid at such an hour I should not have been welcome. But welcome or not I was obliged to go on & here I am in a tent, instead of my comfortable quarters at Dabbs. The tent however is very comfortable & of that I have nothing to complain. Genl Pope says he is very strong & seems to feel so, for he is moving apparently up to the Rapidan. I hope he will not prove stronger than we are. I learn since I have left that Genl McClellan has moved down the river with his whole army, I suppose he is coming here too, so we shall have a busy time. I do not know that it is true, but such are the despatches I get this morg. Burnside & King from Fredericksburg have joined Pope, which from their own report has swelled Pope to 92,000. I do not believe it, though I believe he is very big. Johnny Lee saw Louis M after Jackson’s last battle, who asked kindly after his old Uncle & said his mother &c. were well. Johnny said he looked wretchedly himself. I am sorry he is in such bad compy. But I suppose he could not help it. I have not seen my precious Rob yet. I hear he is well. I presume he does not know I am here, & I have not had time to go to him. Give much love to every body & plenty of kisses to Chass, Cousin Anne &c.

Truly & devotedly yours

R E Lee




Source: DeButts-Ely Collection of Lee Family Papers, Library of Congress

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 August 17          

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