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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Turnbulls 12 Feby ‘65

My dear Mary

                After writing to you yesterday by the bag, your note (without date) about the dog arrived. I know nothing about him except that he would be very out of place following me in a Campaign. He would be exposed to danger, hunger & thirst, & I think he would be equally miserable cooped up in Richmond. I therefore purpose, if you think it would be agreable to him, to send him to Dr Cocke where he could roam in the Country & sport in the James. Has the Dr any dogs, or does he like them? If you Can do nothing else with him I will take him here & let him take his chance. I enclose a note recd from kind Kitty Stiles, who has sent me another sett of jackets, some catsup & other things which I have not yet examined. It will give you some information of our friends in S. I also send for your perusal a letter from a Mrs Yeatman whom I do not know, that you may know what brave patriotic women are in the Confederacy. The latter part of her letter is a pure mistake into which she has been good naturedly led by some quizzing soldiers. Burn the letter after perusal. Love to all!

Affly & truly yours

R E Lee




Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 568, Section 29, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Katie Gibson, 2017 July 18

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