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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Near Cartersville         31 Aug ‘65


My dear Sir1

It gives me pleasure to endorse the statements of Genl Long in favour of young kinsmen. They deserve the approbation of those with whom they have served, & I wish them every success in the world.

My advise [sic] to all our young men is, to adhere to their states & friends, & aid both in the restoration of the country.

most truly yours

R E Lee




Source: Papers of Robert E. Lee, 1830-1870, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 June 18  



1. Reverend Philip Slaughter (1808-1890) was a native of Culpeper County, Virginia. In his lifetime, he worked as a lawyer, Episcopal minister, and church historian. He is buried in Culpeper County. 

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