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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Headquarters Army of Northern Virginia

May 3, 1863—7 p.m.

Major-General McLaws,

Commanding, &c.:

General: I presume, from the firing which I hear in your direction, that you are engaged with the enemy.

Upon the receipt of your note, I sent Colonel Alexander, with his battalion of artillery, to report to you. I hope he reached you in time. I have just written to Early, who informs me that he is on the Telegraph road, near Mrs. Smith’s house, to unite with you to attack the enemy on their left flank. Communicate with him, and arrange the junction, if necessary and practicable. It is necessary that you beat the enemy, and I hope you will do it.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

R E Lee





Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Vol. 25, Part 2, p. 770

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 May 3


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