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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Head Qrs Dept Nn. Va

5 ½ P. M. 16 November 1862



I have heard nothing of any movements of the enemy to day. Gen Jackson in answer to my dispatch to send through the mountains to ascertain, telegraphs that Capt Gibson of the 6th Va cav., scouting towards Markham, says the enemy has fallen back four miles from Warrenton. Col Ball telegraphs from Fredericksburg that he can learn of an movement in that direction. Genl W. H. F. Lee who I directed to be on the alert, has sent no message. Genl Stuart has just come in & reports that his scouts have just returned from the north side of the Rappahannock, and states that there is no movement of the enemy except back upon the railroad. This agrees with the report of Capt Gibson.

I am most respy

Yr oby svt

R E Lee



Lt Gen J Longstreet




Source: Cutts-Madison Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2019 February 25


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