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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 editor, Colin Woodward, at  (804) 493-1940, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



Headquarters Army of Northern Virginia,

November 15, 1862


Col. W. B. Ball, Fredericksburg, Va.:


Colonel: The Sixty-first Virginia Volunteers and the Norfolk Light Artillery Blues are ordered to Fredericksburg. They will cross the Rapidan at Raccoon Ford, and follow down the Plank road leading down from Orange Court-House to Fredericksburg. Should it be unsafe for them to approach Fredericksburg, I wish you to notify them, in which event they will proceed through Spottsylvania Court-House, and take position south of the North Anna, in the vicinity of where it is crossed by the Richmond and Fredericksburg Railroad. It is reported that the enemy is moving from Warrenton to-day, and it is probable that he is marching upon Frdericksburg. I desire you to be on the alert, and give me notice of any movement you may discover. You must also be careful to notify Colonel Groner, Sixty-first Virginia Volunteers, of any advance of the enemy that may threaten their safety.

Most respectfully, your obedient servant,

R E Lee




Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 21, pp. 1013-1014

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 December 11

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