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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Dunn’s Hill, August 24, 1864

Honorable Secretary of War:

The dispatches of Colonel Ould and Gorgas in reference to the execution of the men to take place at Fort McHenry have been received. Should I state what is represented of their character in those dispatches, it would, in my opinion, be fatal to them. Their sentences had not been confirmed by President Lincoln, and I think it better not to interfere.

R E Lee



Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 7, p. 674  

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 August 16

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