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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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




New Market, Va., August 7, 1862

Maj. Gen. D. H. Hill,

Commanding, &c.:

General: I request that you will spare no effort in urging on the works at Drewry’s Bluff to a speedy completion, as it may become necessary to withdraw your command for service in the field, and it is of the utmost importance that the defensive works should [be] finished before that is done.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R E Lee,



Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 11, Part 3, p. 666

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2019 January 3



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