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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Headquarters, Near Richmond, Va.,

August 14, 1862. (Received August 16, 1862.)

Hon. George W. Randolph,

Secretary of War:


General: Your letter of this date is received. From every indication it appears that McClellan’s forces on James River are being withdrawn and sent to re-enforce Pope. Under these circumstances I think it will be necessary to withdraw R. H. Anderson’s division from Drewry’s Bluff and send it in the direction of Gordonsville. Colonel Gibb’s regiment and the Fifty-seventh North Carolina Regiment (Colonel [H. C. Jones) had better be ordered for the present to that point. In case Anderson is removed these troops will serve for the defense of Drewry’s Bluff; and since they are new, they can be drilled and accustomed to camp, &c.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R E Lee,





Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 11, Part 3, pp. 675-676

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2019 March 14

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