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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Spotsylvania Court-House, Va.,

May 21, 1864 8:40 a.m. (Received 10.30 p.m.)

Hon. J. a. Seddon,

Secretary of War:

The enemy is apparently again changing his base. Three gunboats came up to Port Royal two days since. This morning an infantry force appeared at Guiney's; his cavalry advanced at Downer's Bridge, on Bowling Green road. He is apparently placing the Mattapony between us, and will probably open communication with Port Royal. I am extending on the Telegraph road, and will regulate my movements by the information of his route. I fear will secure him from attack til he crosses the Pamunkey.

R E Lee


Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Vol. 36, part 3, p. 812

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 May 18

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