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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 editor, Colin Woodward, at  (804) 493-1940, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



Camp Fredg 28 Decr ‘62


My dear Miss Laura1


I return my grateful thanks for the prayer book sent me by Miss Em2 & yourself. It will be very highly prized & I have read from it this morg the services of the day.

With my best wishes for the happiness of both of you & the return of many happy new Years to each

I remain truly your friend

R E Lee




Source: Photocopy of original letter, call number 25063, Library of Virginia, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 September 21


1. Laura Mason Chilton Wise (1846-1914). She was the daughter of General Robert H. Chilton (1817-1879), a native of Virginia and one of Lee's staff officers, and Laura Ann Thomson Mason (1829-1911). In 1869, Laura married Colonel Peyton Wise (1838-1897), who had commanded the 46th Virginia infantry regiment during the Civil War.

2. Emilie Virginia Chilton Maverick (1850-1913), who married William  H. Maverick in 1873 in Baltimore.

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