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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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




Fredericksburg, Va., January 22, 1863

Col. J. Gorgas, Chief of Ordnance:


Colonel: I have had the honor to receive your letter of the 20th instant, and beg leave to thank you for your attention to my requests. I hope you will be able to get the carriages for the Whitworth guns made without delay, and the Napoleons, now in progress, finished at once. I assure you both kinds of guns are wanted with this army this very day. The enemy is moving to the line of the Rappahannock, above and below Fredericksburg; and, from his preparations, it would seem to be his intention to cross. The guns in question would add materially to our ability to resist him.

I am, with great respect, your obedient servant,

R E Lee,




Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 21, p. 1109

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 March 12


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