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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Richmond, January 12, 1863

General R. E. Lee, Fredericksburg, Va.:


I have received the following dispatch from Governor Vance:


Can you not spare General Lee to come down a few days and survey the situation I North Carolina? It would inspire confidence. A defeat here would be disastrous in more ways than one.


I send it to you to decide as to compliance with the request. Your presence there would be important; indeed, seems necessary. You will know whether it is safe to absent yourself for a few days.

Jefferson Davis



Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 21, p. 1088

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 March 1

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