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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Hdqrs. Department of Northern Virginia,

August 12, 1862


General D. H. Hill, Commanding &c.:

General: The resignation of General Martin has not been accepted, and he has been directed by the Department to report to me for duty. I have instructed him to report to you for further orders, and desire you to assign him to the command of troops in the State of North Carolina. I wish him to render all the assistance in his power toward collecting and enrolling the men in the State liable to military duty, so that the ranks of the North Carolina regiments may be speedily recruited. After this the surplus should be collected at camps of instruction and organized and prepared for active service in the field.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R E Lee,





Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 11, Part 3, p. 673

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2019 February 4 


James G. Martin (1819-1878) was a native of North Carolina, who lost an arm in the Mexican War. He spent much of the Civil War in North Carolina, but he was called to Virginia in 1864 to take part in the Overland campaign. 

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