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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Camp Fredg

6 Feby ’63

I recd yesterday my precious daughter your letter of the 3rd. I grieved very much when last in Richmond at not seeing you. You did right however in not coming down from H.[ickory] H.[ill] on saturday under the circumstances. I was obliged to leave Sunday morg myself. My movements are so uncertain & time so occupied that I cannot be relied on for anything. The only place I am to be found is in camp, & I am so cross now that I am not worth seeing anywhere. Here you will have to take me with the three stools, the snow, the rain & the mud. The storm of the last 24 hours has added to our stock of all, & we are now in a floating condition. But the sun & wind will carry all off in time, & then we shall appreciate our relief. Our horses & mules suffer the most. They have to bear the cold & rain, tug through the mud, & suffer all the time with hunger. The roads are wretched, almost impassable. I heard of Mary lately. One of our scouts brought me a card of Margaret Stuarts with a pair of gauntlets directed to “Cousin Robert.” All were well. Fitzhugh, Charlotte & Robt are a long way from me. I hear nothing from them. I hope they are all well. Give much love to your poor mother. I fear she will suffer this weather. Tell Miss Sallie to kiss you on your poor little face for me & keep away the pain. Remember me to Mrs. Warwick, Mr. Warwick & Douglass. I have no news. Genl Hooker is obliged to do something. I do not know what it will be. He is playing the Chinese game. Trying what frightening will do. He runs out his guns, starts his wagons & troops up & down the river, & creates an excitement generally. Our men look on in wonder, give a cheer, & all again subsides “in status quo antebellum.” I wish you were here with me to day. You would have sit by this little stove, look out at the rain & keep yourself dry. But here comes in all their wet the Adjt Genls with the papers. I must stop & go to work. See how kind God is, we have plenty to do, in good weather & bad. Kiss Custis for me. I hope Miss Sallie takes him some flowers sometimes. She can carry him nothing so sweet as her smiles.

your devoted father

R E Lee  




Source: Transcribed from photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L 51 c 432, Section 21, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 May 3

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