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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Head Quarters            ANVa

Nov 25th 1862


Maj. Gen. G. W. Smith

Comg at Richmond, &c


I enclose your two notices of details from the Chief Surgeon’s office General Hospital, Richmond which I do not understand, as it is not stated on what duty the men are detailed, nor do I know by what authority save that exposed on its face. I am told that these details are common, but this is the first time it has been brought to my notice. I fear that no army can be kept in the field of the of the practice is continued, I wish it stopped, unless it has been ordered by proper authority, and in that case I wish to be informed

I have the honor to be,

With great respect

Your obt servt

R E Lee





Source: Digital photograph of original letter, signed by Lee but not in Lee’s hand, Brock Collection, Huntington Library, San Marino, California

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 December 27  

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