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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 8, 1862


Brig. Gen. R. S. Ripley,

Commanding Division:


General: You communication of this date has been received. As the position at the crossing of the White Oak Swamp on the Charles City road seems to be a good one, you can for the present keep the two regiments and a battery there. You must, at the same tie, picket strongly at the shops, as you propose to do. This will give you time to see if any change for the better can be made, or if a strong position farther down cannot be found.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R E Lee




Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 11, Part 3, p. 668

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2019 January 22

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