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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Headquarters Army of Northern Virginia,

June 24, 1864—9 p.m.


Hon. Secretary of War, Richmond, Va.:

Sir: Yesterday the enemy made a demonstration with infantry upon the Weldon railroad, but before he had done much damage was driven back by General Mahone with a portion of his command. About 600 prisoners and 28 commissioned officers were taken, most of whom were captured by Perry’s (Florida) brigade. This morning the enemy was felt on both flanks, and a part of one of General Hoke’s brigades entered his works. Not being supported, they were unable to hold the position and retired with few casualties, but losing the advance line, which had succeeded in entering the enemy’s intrenchements. A small number of prisoners was taken, but the enemy’s loss is supposed to have been slight.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R E Lee




Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 40, Part 2, p. 685

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 July 19

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