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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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

Camp near Fredericksburg, Va., November 30, 1862

Col. J. H. Richardson,

Commanding Corps of Scouts and Couriers:


Colonel: I have been very anxious to get your corps of scouts and guides into service, in order to relieve the members of cavalry companies now on that duty, and return them to their regiments, where their services are much needed. Captain Pifer arrived with his company yesterday. This is the only company that I have heard of yet. Please inform me what progress you have made in your organization, and when the other companies will be ready for service.

I am, with great respect, your obedient servant,

R E Lee,





Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 21, p. 1039

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 January 5            

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