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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Hd qrs: 16 Feby ‘63



I regret to hear such bad accounts of the roads. Send Hood by a different route from Pickett. He need not go direct to Hanover junction, but Can halt near the Central R. R. in the vicinity of the junction of Hanover Ct House, but must be on the line of Communication to Richmond. I think Pickett had better go on. He can yet decide his troops & trains on different routes. I do not know how pressing the emergency is. It may be so, & I do not think that my time should be lost. I will give directions that every thing shall go by rail that Can. Each Genl must detail an energetic officer with sufficient men to attend to their articles. See to their transportation &c. Can you call by on your way back to your qrs?

Very truly

R E Lee



Genl Longstreet

Commg &c




Source: Digital scan of original letter, Cutts-Madison Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 December 27

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