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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 editor, Colin Woodward, at  (804) 493-1940, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



Headquarters Army of Northern Virginia,

January 12, 1863

Maj. Gen. Samuel Jones,

Comdg. Department of Western Virginia, Dublin Depot:


General: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 6th instant, and approve of the course you have adopted with reference to General Jenkins’ cavalry brigade. I hope that every effort will be made to restore it to efficient condition by the spring. I hope that Lieutenant-Colonel Witcher’s cavalry will be sufficient to supply the present deficiency in the valley.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R E Lee,





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

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 March 1


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