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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 20, 1863

Maj. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart, Commanding Cavalry:


General: I inclose you a letter to General Hampton, which I request you will note, and forward with as little delay as practicable. Give like notice to the cavalry, and direct the two Lees to have their brigades ready to move at a moment’s warning. Bryan, just in from Maryland, reports that the enemy’s pickets are all withdrawn from Westmoreland. If that is so, General W. H. F. Lee might draw up closer to Port Royal. Until the further intentions of the enemy are discovered, we will have to suspend furloughs to men and officers.

Very respectfully, yours,

R E Lee,



Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 21, p. 1101

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 March 9

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