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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Fredg 21 Nov ‘62

My dear Genl


I have just recd your note in reference to Capt Mason & Lt Col Harvey. Although sorry to part with them. I will yield them to you if you desire. I have so informed Capt Mason, who will probably have tomorrow. Col Harvey is absent, not having arrived from Culpepper. Upon joining me I will make to him your proposition & see how I can replace him. Although sorrow[ed] your scene of duty is so distant, I yet rejoice for the Country that you are again able to take the field & anticipate from your services the most favourable results. May success & happiness attend you is my earnest prayer. I write with difficulty must now stop.

With best regards to Mrs. Johnston

I am as ever your friend

R E Lee


Genl Jos: E. Johnston



Source: Scan of original letter, Joseph E. Johnston Papers, 1825-1891, Swem Library Special Collections, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 March 30 

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