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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Richmond 20 May ‘62


My precious Chass


I enclose a letter just recd & a million of kisses. I sent Fitzhugh his shirts & heard of him this morg from Col Starke just from his Camp. He is well & wants to see you badly I know, but not as much as your Pa’a. You departure has thrown Custis flat on his back & he has taken to pills. Heard from your Ma’a yesterday. She is afraid she will have to Surrender to the alarms of the girls who are terrified at the apprehended attentions of the heroes of their Cousin, to decamp from Marlbourne.1 Mary is well & Dangerfield Lewis2 Considerate [ly] better. No news but what you see in the papers. Give much love to Agnes & the baby. All here are exercised about the expected advent of the enemy. God grant they may be kept at bay & sent back to their own homes. With prayers for your happiness & safety.

I am faithfully & lovingly


R E Lee




Source; Checked against original letter, Mss1 L5114 c 48, George Bolling Lee Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 March 19


1.The estate of Edmund Ruffin. Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee stayed there for several weeks in late May and early June of 1862.

2. Henry Llewellyn Daingerfield Lewis (1841-1893) of Clarke County, Virginia, served in the Confederate army as a cavalryman in the 1st and 6th Virginia cavalry and as an infantryman in the 27th Virginia regiment. For a time, he served as a courier for Jeb Stuart. He was the son of Lorenzo Lewis (1803-1847) and Esther Maria Coxe Lewis (1804-1885). He married Carter Penn Freeland (1853-1915) and is buried in Clarke County, Virginia. 

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