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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Headquarters Army of Northern Virginia,

July 13, 1864


Lieut. Gen. R. S. Ewell,

Commanding, &c., Richmond, Va.:


General: Your letter of July 11 has been received. I do not desire the local troops to be turned out without further developments of the enemy on the north side of the James. I only wish you to make preparations to hold the defenses near Chaffin’s Bluff with other forces now under your command, so that the two brigades of Wilcox’s division may be in reserve and ready to move to any point of our lines where they may be needed. I hope this can be done without calling out the locals, and that it will be done as soon as practicable.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. E. Lee




Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 40, Part 3, p. 772

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 June 22


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