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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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




July 19, 1864

Lieutenant-Colonel Taylor,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Colonel: Your order of the 16th instant deciding that “the captured flags are the property of the Confederate States and should be turned in to be forwarded to the Department,” has just been received. In accordance with that order I have the honor to turn in the two accompanying flags.

Very respectfully, yours,

Wade Hampton,






July 20, 1864

I consider Colonel Beale had no authority to present to General Hampton the colors in question, nor have I authority to confirm his gift. They are therefore forwarded to the honorable Secretary of War. I should be gratified, if it is not deemed improper, that the honorable Secretary of War would present them to General Hampton. It would be a worthy compliment to a gallant officer and meritorious patriot.

R E Lee


P.S.—I would recommend that an order be issued by the Department prohibiting officers and soldiers into whose hands captured colors fall from presenting them to individuals.

R E Lee




Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 40, Part 3, p. 785

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 July 28

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