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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Petersburg 2 Nov ’64


My dear Fitz

I have recd your letter of Sunday night. I have recommd Payne for Lomax’s brigade,1 but he can be assigned where most wanted. I have had always a good opinion of Mumford [sic] & had been in view for Wickhams brigade,2 but at present Cannot recommend him. I hope Rosser3 will do well. I hope you may be able to rejoin your division soon. We must do something for the reorganization of the Western Cavy. Your division has always had a high reputation. It must not lose it & yet I fear it may suffer from its Service in the Valley. What organization do you propose?

Please give the accompg letter to Genl Cooper who has kindly promised to cause it to be sent to Mr Ingraham. Thank your father for his letter. Love to all

Very truly

R E Lee



Genl Fitzhugh Lee




Source: Digital scan of original letter, Robert E. Lee Papers, 1749-1975, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 May 21



1. William Henry Fitzhugh Payne (1830-1904) and Lunsford L. Lomax (1835-1913).

2. Thomas T. Munford (1831-1918) and Williams Carter Wickham (1820-1888).

3. Thomas L. Rosser (1836-1910).

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