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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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




Richmond, Va., May 1, 1862

General Joseph E. Johnston,

Commanding Army of the Peninsula:


General: An important defensive work is to be constructed on James River below Richmond, and a good constructing engineer is wanted. If Capt. John J. Clarke, of the Provisional Engineer Corps, can be spared, and a portion of your negro force with him, please send them at once to Richmond to report to the Engineer Bureau for duty.

I am, general, vey respectfully, your obedient servant,

 R E Lee,





Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 11, Part 3, pp. 485-486

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 November 26 

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