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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Petersburg      19 Decr ‘64



The friends of Mr Leigh Robinson (1st Compy Howitzers) request permission for him to spend Xmas with them in Richmond.

His two brave brothers lie side by side in Hollywood cemetery. Deeply sympathizing with him in his imparable loss, I should be glad to extend to him this indulgence. Should circumstances therefore permit & there be nothing to prevent it, if you will send up an application for a leave for a few days it will be granted.

Very respy

R E Lee



Col: Cabell

Commg Battn




Source: Scan of original letter, The Papers of Robert E. Lee, 1830-1870, University of Virginia Special Collections, Charlottesville

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 December 4 

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