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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 curator, Colin Woodward, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



Camp 10 Jany ‘64


My dear Mary

I hope you have not suffered this cold weather. It has been colder than I have experienced since the commencement of the war & ice is very abundant & strong. We have kept very comfortable however & been able to maintain good fires which I fear the poor people in town have not been able to do & that there has been much suffering. I received a present from Miss Kitty Stiles of a pair of knit yarn jackets. They are very elastic & nice, but I do not know whether they are as warm as the flannel & have not yet put them on. The box also contained some peaches, rather quince, & cherries. I send you her note that you may see she still preserves the recollection of dear Annie. I have also received a present of a fine mutton, of which I send you a leg, as I think it probable you cannot get such often in Richmond. I have nothing new to relate. All is quiet along the lines. Our rations are very scant, & shoes, blankets & overcoats few. I trust we shall be able to get along. The last batch of socks you sent by Genl Chilton have been distributed & the gloves that were with them. They were very acceptable as are all you send. You must give much love to the girls, Custis & Rob, & present me to all friends. The messenger is waiting to take the mutton to the cars. I hope it will reach you safely.

Very truly & affy

RE Lee




Source: Transcribed from photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 498, Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 September 17   

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