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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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

July 8, 1864


Lieut. Gen. R. S. Ewell,

Commanding Richmond Defenses:

General: Your letter on the subject of placing batteries on the north side of the James River for the purpose of annoying the enemy's vessels has been received. A good deal may be accompanied in this way, but the batteries should be movable and not stationary, as it will be easy for the gun-boats to attack them with superior armament.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R E Lee





Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 40, Part 3

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 November 17

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