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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Camp Fredg 3 June 1863

Although I have written to you quite recently dear Mary, I take advantage of Major Venable being Called to Richmond to say that I am well. I have nothing new to relate, & am thankful that our enemy has not been able as yet to Capture Vicksburg, or to do us all the harm he meditates. I trust that a kind Providence will watch over us, & notwithstanding our weakness & sins will yet give us a name & place among the nations of the earth. I have heard nothing from Fitzhugh or Charlotte since I last wrote. From the enclosed note of Fitz, my nephew, I presume they are all well. I fear I shall not be able to attend the review on Friday. I hope Smith will be able to visit his sons. He is an Iron clad, he is safe in his position & can go about & enjoy himself. I had a nice basket of strawberries sent me last evg & this evg I am invited out to eat ice cream. See what enjoyments we have. The first I did my part to demolish, the second I had to decline. When do you expect Mildred? I hear the two Ellens of the Macfarland house arrived from Columbia a few days since. Probably the wedding of last night brought them on. Remember me very kindly to Mr. & Mrs. Caskie. Tell Miss N to send up all her beaux now. I want them. Kiss Agnes for me & believe me

                                                                                                                                                   always yours

R E Lee




Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 456, Section 22, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Katie Gibson, 2017 June 20

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