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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Hdqrs. Department of Northern Virginia,

August 8, 1862

Brig. Gen. John B. Hood,

Commanding Division:


General: I desire you to prepare your two brigades to proceed to Hanover Junction as soon as practicable. I do not know your encampment, but if you will designate the nearest point on the railroad where the train can take you up and where a portion of your force will be ready I will have the cars at the spot. You must make arrangements for your sick. Your very sick can be sent to the hospitals in Richmond. The others I hope will be well enough to accompany you. Take your wagon train and batteries. They must march.

Very truly and respectfully, your obedient servant,

R E Lee,




Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 11, part 3, p. 667

Transcribed b Colin Woodward, 2019 January 17



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