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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Headquarters Army of Northern Virginia

August 4, 1862


Maj. Gen. D. H. Hill,

Commanding Department of North Carolina:

General: It is reported that the enemy are seizing wood on the banks of the James and Appomattox Rivers. Please cause all the wood in the wood-yards accessible to their boats to be burned where it is possible to do so, unless it can be removed and appropriated to the benefit of its owners or our Army.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R E Lee




Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 11, Part 3, p. 662

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2019 January 3

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