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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Camp Fredg

11 Decr ’62


My dear Mary


I return a bit Sent up by Custis. It is not the one I wished. He misunderstood me. But I do not want the one I wrote for now, as I have one that will answer as well. I have no way of carrying this & therefore return it. Custis is gone, but you can give it to Charlotte as I believe it is the one I gave F[itzhugh] some time since. The enemy succeeded after bombarding the town of Fredg, setting fire to many houses & knocking down nearly all those along the river to cross over a large force about dark & now occupies the town. We hold the hills commanding it & hope we shall be able to damage them yet. Their positions & heavy guns command the town entirely.

With much love to all I remain

as always truly & affy yours

R E Lee    



Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 413, Section 20, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 April 4

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