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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Spottsyla CH

16 May 1864

My dearest Mary

                I recd your note with the 20 prs socks. The latter I have distributed. Just before leaving Orange the QrMr recd thirty thousand pairs which are sufficient. The ladies had better therefore retain for the present the socks they manufacture. I have thought of you very often in these last eventful days & have wished to write to you, but have found it impossible. As I write I am expecting the sound of the guns every moment. I grieve the loss of our gallant officers & men, & miss their aid & sympathy. A more zealous, ardent, brave & devoted soldier, than Stuart, the Confederacy cannot have. Praise be to God for having sustained us so far. May his blessing be continued to us. I return the bag, napkins & towel. Give much love to all. God bless & preserve you.

Truly & affly

R E Lee



Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 519, Section 26, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Katie Gibson, 2017 June 29

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