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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Head Quarters Army No. Va.

April 2nd 1863

Maj. Gen. J. B. Hood

Cmndg Div

My dear General,

I have recd your letter of the 29th ult. and I assure you that you cannot regret your separation from this army half as much as I do your absence, & the absence of your fine division. But my distress is a hundredfold aggravated by the accounts that occasionally reach me of the conduct of your men. I enclose a slip taken from one of the Richmond papers. I have heard in addition that it is stated by the Examiner, that two of our citizens have been wantonly murdered by some of your men while robbing their establishment. I know such conduct is as much reprobated by you & by the good men of your division as it can be by myself. I trust these charges are not true. If so the reputation of your division should be vindicated. If true, the guilty should be identified & punished. It is not just to your division or yourself, who have gained laurels on every battlefield, that they played be stigmatized in every newspaper as robbers & murderers. The true men of your division demand that they should not be classed with thieves & cutthroats. If there are any such all should unite in their apprehension & punishment. I hope you will take the matter in hand at once for your own sake & for the sake of the country, and never cease until it is accomplished.

I hope we shall soon be together again, but absent or present

I am very truly yours

RE Lee



Source: The Lost Papers of Confederate General John Bell Hood, edited by Stephen M. Hood, pp. 187-188

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 November 30

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