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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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., April 4, 1862


Col. J. Gorgas,

Chief Ordnance Bureau, Richmond, Va.:


Colonel: I have the honor to request that you will cause one 10-inch columbiad, with barbette carriage, to be sent to Drewry’s Bluff, and one 4.62-inch rifled siege gun to General Huger, to be placed on Nansemond River. I wish five 8-inch columbiads retained for the battery at Mulberry Island, for which casemate carriages are being provided. These carriages were promised to be done some time since. Can you not hasten their completion and send them down?

I will advise you shortly of my wishes concerning the other guns on your memorandum, which I understand will be four 8-inch columbiads with barbette carriages.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R E Lee,

General, Commanding


Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 11, part 3, p. 421

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 July 18

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