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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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

November 10, 1862


My dear Custis

I have received a letter from Mr. William F. Taylor, cashier Bank of Virginia, saying he had sold the Hudson River Railroad coupons @ 150 per cent premium—City of Pittsburg Railroad coupons @ 100 per cent premium—City of St. Louis Railroad coupons @ 40 per cent premium, & if he had others now due he could sell them at the same rate. I have written to him that you would hand them to him. If convenient please do tell him he can sell them now or when practicable to advantage.

F reached here yesterday from the Valley & joined his brigade now in my front. I have nothing new to relate beyond my public despatches. I am operating to baffle the advance of the enemy & retain him among the mountains until I can get him separated that I can strike at him to advantage. His force will be thus diminished & disheartened. His sick & stragglers must be going back. He is along the Manassas Railroad near Piedmont. His advance cavalry along the line of the Rappahannock.

Give much love to your dear mother, Agnes & Charlotte, not forgetting my granddaughter. I wish you were with me.

Truly & affy your father

R E Lee




Source: Robert E. Lee Papers, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2021 December 15



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