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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Hd Qrs near Leesburg

2 PM Octr 12th 1862



I have the honor to report that I reached the Va shore with my entire command to-day. My passage of the Potomac was opposed by Stoneman’s Brigade, but we were fortunate enough to elude him without loss. We captured Chambersburg & destroyed many stores & took over 2 thousand horses, many villages, & prisoners, cutting McClellans communications at Newmarket on Balt. & Ohio R. R. McC Hd Qrs are or were on 10th at or near Petersville. No material portion of the army has left since battle of Sh___g

It is estimated that McC has recd about 25000 in accession to his numbers since Stoneman has arrived force of Cavy & Infy on the River Hd Qrs at Poolesville [Maryland]. I crossed at White’s ford. I send late paper. Shall report in person as soon as possible.

Mo Resp

J E B Stuart     





Source: Scan of original letter, The Papers of Robert E. Lee, 1830-1870, Special Collections Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 November 2

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