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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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, Va., April 17, 1862


Maj. Gen. J. B. Magruder,

Commanding, &c., Yorktown, Va.:

General: Your letter of April 14 is received. Colonel Gorgas reports that there were forwarded to you on the 16th instant five 8-inch columbiads, with barbette carriages; 60 rounds canister; 20 rounds grape; 15 rounds each of shot and shell; 110 rounds of powder; one 4.62-inch rifled siege gun, with carriage and limber; 100 copper disk shells for same; cartridge bags; 100 shells for rifled 32-pounder gun (navy); 20 8-inch incendiary shells.

Colonel Gorgas further reports that he is making, with all dispatch, 100 additional shells for rifled 32-pounders, and that they will probably be sent tomorrow.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R E Lee,

General, Commanding




Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 11, Part 3, p. 447  

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 July 26

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