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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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

Feby. 2, 1863.

Capt. Robt. M. Stiles

C. S. Engineers

Savannah, Ga.


My dear Bob:

I must thank you for your note of the 26th inst., received this morning, and express my regrets that, not being able to accompany Col. Walker to Savannah, I am deprived, at this time, of the pleasure of accepting your kind invitation, and of realizing the pleasant anticipations I had up to the day of Col.  Walkers departure of again seeing my friends in Savannah.

I hope you will receive for yourself, and deliver to the rest of my friends with you my very kindest remembrances.

I am glad to learn of Henry’s great improvement, and hope for its continuance.

I am as ever most truly yrs.

G W C Lee





1. Robert Mackay Stiles (1836-1865) was the son of William Henry Stiles (1809-1865) and Eliza Anna Mackay Stiles (d. 1867). Robert (not to be confused with Kentucky-born Virginian Robert Augustus Stiles, author of Four Years under Marse Robert) was a lieutenant of engineers who served in Savannah during the Civil War. He was the brother of William Henry Stiles, Jr. (1834-1878).



Source: Photocopy of original letter, Robert E. Lee Collection, 1835-1869, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript Archives & Rare Book Library, Emory University

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 November 8

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