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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Camp 12 Feby ‘63

My dear Custis

Your letter of 11th recd.

If the Cloth Cannot be obtained, I Can do without. I have a new pair of pants here & I now recollect that I have a good pair of dark blue in my trunk in Richmond, with yellow Cord on Seams. I have used them but little. If you do not get the cloth will you Send me the pants referred to. You will find them in one of the trunks. Cavy pants yellow Cord on Seams. Don’t Confound them with the blue flannel pants. I am Sorry to hear of your Mothers Suffering. I wish I Could relieve her. I am also Sorry to hear of the Presidents indisposition. I fear it will be a Serious interruption to his business. As far as I Can judge at this distance the proper authorities in R_ take the necessities & wants of the army generally very easy. I hope there will be no cause to repent. But now every exertion should be made to put the army every where on the strongest footing for rigorous work in the spring. Our salvation will depend on the next [few] months, & yet I can not even get regular promotions made to fill vacancies in rgts: while Cong seem to be labouring to pass laws to get easy places for Some favourite or Constituent or get others out of active service. I shall feel very much obliged to them  if they will pass a law relieving me from all duty & legislating some one in my place better able to do it.

Give much love to your mother & believe me always your father

R E Lee


Col G W Custis Lee


I fear you will think I remain a bad human & fear I am




Source:  Digital scan of original letter, The Papers of Robert E. Lee, 1749-1975, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

Transcribed by Katie Hall, 2018 July 6

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