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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



13 June 1863


My dear Custis

I find my blue flannel pants yielding to the wear & tear of the road. I have another blue pair in my trunk of summer cloth, which I wish you would Send me. They are plain without Cords on the Seams. I send down Col Long to see if possible what this move of the enemy is up the Peninsula. I believe it to be a raid to destroy our crops & lay waste our Country. All the accounts I get agree in stating that the enemy has Sent off his troops from Suffolk, Yorktown, Gloucester &c to reinforce Genl Hooker. He Can only leave a Small force in that region, which he has probably collected for this expedition. We must do the same & beat him back at all hazards. Genl Hookers army has not moved in that direction as far as I can be certain of anything in war. It is extending now up the Rappk.

I hope Fitzhugh is doing well. Let me Know how he gets on. Give much love to your mother & Sisters & remember me to all friends.

God bless you all

RE Lee




Source: Transcription of digital copy of original, Robert E. Lee Papers, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2022 February 18



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