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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



[ca. 1863 May 23-31]

My dear Fitzhugh

Perry has just brought me the enclosed letter for Scott, given him by one of the clerks. I do not know how it came. I wrote you a few lines the other day & also to daughter Charlotte. Tell her she must talk quick to you. Her time is getting short, & soldiers complain of officers wives visiting them & theirs cannot. I am petitioned to send them all off. Your poor mother is I fear no better. I recd yesterday a very pleasing letter from Revd Dr Smedes, StMary’s Raleigh, complementary of Precious Life. I have mailed it to your mother. Kiss Chass for me tell her daughters are not prohibited visiting their husbands. But she & Mrs Robbins are not included. You Uncle Carter says that they had him with a gun & sword buckled to him guarding a ford on James river during Stoneman’s last expedition. You & Fitz must not let them capture your Uncle. I wish I could have seen your review. I hope Chass did

Truly your father

R E Lee

Source: Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L5114 d, 1-10, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2019 May 24   

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