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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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




July 27, 1864

Lieut. Gen. R. H. Anderson, Commanding, &c.:

General: A dispatch just received from General Kershaw has determined me to send General Heth’s division to re-enforce him. I wish you to proceed to Deep Bottom and take command of the troops belonging to this army there. Examine the enemy’s position, endeavor to ascertain his strength, and if practicable drive him away and destroy his bridges. Turn over to General Field the orders recently issued as regards strengthening his lines, &c., and direct him to make his daily reports to me.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R E Lee,





Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 40, Part 3, p. 809

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 July 30   


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