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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Milford, Va.

May 3, 1863


Hon. James A. Seddon, Secretary of War:

I request that Ransom’s and Pettigrew’s brigades be stopped at Hanover Junction, with orders to protect the railroads from the enemy’s cavalry.

It is reported that the enemy has crossed at Fredericksburg, and driven back our force that was left there. I have sent back re-enforcements.

R E Lee

General, Commanding




Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Vol. 25, Part 2, p. 768

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 May 3

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