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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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

December 8, 1862


Col. J. D. Imboden, Commanding, &c.:

Colonel: Your letter of the 6th, to General Jackson, has been referred to me. I regret that you were prevented by the snow-storm from making your descent upon Colonel Latham. As regards the supply of corn for your horses I am informed that the Quartermaster-General at Richmond has regulated the prices of all kind of forage at Staunton, which prices will have to be paid until altered by the same authority. Should you not be able to provide properly for your horses, it may be necessary to change your position. There is plenty of forage in Greene, Madison, and Culpeper Counties. General W. E. Jones has been left in command of the valley by General Jackson for the present, with whom you had better keep in communication, as it may be necessary to unite the forces there. Your letter will be forwarded to the Secretary of War, at Richmond.

I have the honor to be, your obedient servant,

R E Lee





Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 21, p. 1054

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 January 29         


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