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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Hd qrs: 13 June 1863

I have just recd your letter of the 13th. I am grieved & shocked at the fate of Orton. God grant it may not be true. Poor Markie I feel so for her for the man Mr. Caskie wrote about to be sent to Richmond under guard on Sunday 7th Inst: & to be delivered to the Sheriff of Richmond. The order was sent to Genl A P Hill to whose Command the man belonged: I was not at Fredg at the time the man was to be sent nor do I know that he was present with his Compy. Possibly the Crossing of the enemy thursday & friday & expectation of a bettle prevented. I regret it was not done & have written to know the reason. Charles Carter was slightly wounded in the thigh by a spent ball & was sent back Wednesday the day after the battle. I presume he has gone to Petersburg where I am told his wife is. I send you a map of the battlefield of Chancellorsville. It was drawn by Capt Shiebert [1] a Prussian officer of Engrs: who has been spending some time with us & was present at the battle. It gives the position of the troops before the attack on sunday. Its chief interest is a sketch of Genl Jackson & gives very much his air & appearance on horseback. I am glad to hear that Fitzhugh is doing well. With love to all, Trul & affy yours

R E Lee



Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 460, Section 22, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Katie Gibson, 2017 July 3


[1] Justus Scheibert was a Confederate sympathizer that was sent from Prussia to study the war and military tactics. Scheibert was present at major battlefields such as Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and the siege of Charleston. After his time in the South he wrote a book called Seven Months in the Rebel States.

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