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Culpepper 11 June ’63

            I recd yesterday dear Mary your letter of the 7th. I am grieved to hear that you are confined to your room. I would that my prayers or anything I could do bring your relief! My trust is in our Heavenly Father to whom my supplications continually ascend for you my children & my Country! I know if uttered in faith & truth they will be heard oh I pray they may be answered. I do not know where Willy Beas battery may be now. If at Guineys as stated by Burnie he has probably recd her note to him. He is so far from me I can do nothing now. When I last wrote I did not suppose that Fitzhugh world soon be sent to the rear disabled[1]. I hope it will be but for a short time. I saw him the night after the battle. Indeed met him on the field as they were bringing him from the front. At night he appeared comfortable & cheerful. Neither the bone or artery I am informed is injured. He is young & healthy & I trust will soon be up again. He seemed to be more concerned with his brave men and officers who had fallen in the battle than himself. God takes care of us all & calls to him those he prefers. F was sent to the rear yesterday with the other wounded. He thought of stopping at H. Hill if the Drs thought well of it. He had better not go to Richmond. I wish to separate the sick not congregate them at any one place. I send you a note recd from Dr Smedes in reply to one I had written him. I agree with the importance of Mildred continuing her studies believing it best for her morally & intellectually. If there is anything better she can do, I am willing you & she must judge. I am sorry I cannot see her. I grieve I fear to much over the separation from you, my children & friends. Tell Mr Caskie I gave directions for the man he wrote about to be sent under guard & to be delivered to the Sheriff of Richmond. I hope it was done. I sent a message to him to that effect in a letter to you. I fear it has been miscarried. The hat you speak of was sent me by an aunt of Major Venable & forwarded to him to have it done up. It reached him as he was leaving R & he could do nothing with it. If it is a handsome one have it done up to fit Mr C & present it to him. I cannot use it now. I requested Custis to settle with the artist for the photographs. A dozen were to be sent to you. I spoke to Mr Mennes myself on the subject. A note to him will set it right. I want none myself. Kiss Agnes & Mildred for me. Love to the Caskies & kind regards to all.

            Truly & affly

                        R E Lee    



Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 458, Section 22, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Nicholas Tarchis, 2017 June 1


[1] Two days prior, William Henry Fitzhugh Lee had been wounded at the battle of Brandy Station and taken to Ashland to recover. During his recovery, however, he was captured by Union forces and spent over a year in prison. 

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