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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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

May 21, 1864   3 p.m.

General: General Early reports that he has swept his front and finds nothing but a line of skirmishers. I have directed General Field to sweep his front, and if he finds enemy gone, to prepare his troops to march and report result to you. I wish you, if he reports enemy gone, to put your troops in motion at once on the route which I have designated to you.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R E Lee





Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1 Vol. 36, Part 3, p. 814


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 May 18

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