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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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

11 Nov ‘62


My dear Cousin Anne,1

I cannot help expressing my great regret that Wms2 should again have been wounded. I regret it on my own account, on his & on hers; but I particularly regret it on account of the country, who at this time requires the services of all her sons. At the same time I am filled with gratitude to the merciful Providence that turned aside at the proper moment the missel of death & which has on all occasions preserved a life so precious to those I love. I can say to you that I consider him one of our best Cavy officers. Prudent, firm & bold. His merits as a gentleman Patriot & christian I need not enumerate to you. You can judge then how ill he can be spared from the Army. I trust he will soon be well enough to require us. I believe it is pretty Luce3 that bribes him to come home on any ground. Please give my kindest regards to all your household, & accept the appreciation & love of your cousin

R E Lee4



1. Anne Butler Carter Wickham (1797-1868) was the daughter of Dr. Robert Carter (1774-1806) and Mary Nelson (1774-1803) of Shirley plantation. She was married to William Fanning Wickham (1793-1880). Her grandfather, General Thomas Nelson, Jr., was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. She is buried in Hickory Hill cemetery in Ashland, Virginia.

2. Williams Carter Wickham (1820-1888) was wounded at the battle of Williamsburg in May 1862 and then later at the battle of Antietam.

3. Williams' wife, Lucy Penn Taylor Wickham (1830-1913).

4. Letter is not in Lee’s hand. It was written in the time when the general was recovering from a fall that injured his hands and made writing difficult.



Source: Transcribed from scan of original letter, The Papers of Robert E. Lee, 1830-1870, University of Virginia Special Collections, Charlottesville

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 November 11     

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