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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Hdqrs 15 June 1863


I have just recd your letter of the 13th. I am grieved & shocked at the fate of orton.1 God grant it may not be true. Poor Markie I feel so for her I stated in a former letter that I had given orders 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 was to be sent nor do I know that he was present with his Compy. Possibly the crossing of the enemy thursday & friday & the expectation of a battle prevented. I repeat 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.2 I send you a map of the battlefield of Chancellorsville. It was drawn by Capt Shiebert3 a Prussian office of Engin 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, Truly & affy yours




1. Orton Williams, who was executed for spying a few days previously in Tennessee. He was the brother of Markie Williams. He is mentioned regularly in the Lee family correspondence.

2. Charles Carter (1827-1906) of the 3rd Virginia cavalry, who was wounded on June 9 at Brandy Station. A Native of Charles City County, he was the son of Hill Carter (1796-1875) and Mary Braxton Randolph Carter (1800-1864). He graduated from VMI in 1848 and was married in April of 1861 in Petersburg to Frances Page “Fannie” Nelson (1832-1905), a native of Virginia. Both Charles and his wife are buried in Westover Parish Church Cemetery in Charles City County.

3. Justus Scheibert (1831-1903), a Prussian who was sent to study the Civil War in America.



Source: Transcribed from photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L 51 c 460, Section 22, Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2022 February 17   





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