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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Head Quarters Army of No. Va.

March 11th 1863


Col. Wms: C. Wickham

Comdg 4th Va Cavalry


The letter of Mr. Tho. M. West complaining of the impressment of his corn, was forwarded to you for a report merely to enable me to return him a proper answer; and not that I supposed you had authorized or your officers made any improper impressments.

The care and attention you bestowed on your command as evidenced by its condition have not escaped my notice; and the almost singularity of this complaint shows that you & your agents have exercised with due caution of judgment the power of impressment, which is apt in all cases to give offence to the parties suffering.

I have the honor to be

With great respect

Your Obt Servt

R E Lee



[signed by Lee, but letter is not in his hand]  



Source: Valentine Museum archives, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2022 March 29


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