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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 3rd Apl ‘64

Your note dear Mary of 31 ulto: only reached me this morg. I opened the two last bags of socks myself & counted the socks. I saw no plaited shawl, & unless it was a minute parcel think it would have been observed.  Jennie probably forgot to put it in the parcel as I frequently do in like cases. I am sorry to hear of the havoc & devastation perpetuated by our enemies in Gloucester &c. That is their delight. It is a safe pleasure too to frighten & distress women & children which is much to their taste. We must make up our minds to bear it all, until a Just & Merciful God avenges us. Keep the hearts ease for me & give me all you can. I want much of it.  Get well & take care of your daughters. The late storm has been very severe here. I hope it has not affected you injuriously.  We are up to our knees in mud, when we leave the roads Constructed to the camps. Govr Vance has been here a week. There has not been a day the troops could be called out.

With much love,

                    Truly and affy yours

                                  R E Lee





Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 511, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Katie Gibson, 2017 June 20

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