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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Near Petersburg 10 Mar ‘65


My dear Mary


I enclose Capt Shells1 receipt for the socks. I also return both bags & send up my two prs flannel drawers which you make useful to some sick soldier in the Hospital. The pr: you last altered have not been washed since worn. Please have it done. Wishing to send them up to day has prevented it being done here. I will send over this morg: your offering to Miss Fanny Nottingham,2 with which I have no doubt she will be much pleased. I got down Comfortably yesterday & found much to do. I did not get to bed till near one this morg. Give a great deal of love to every body. I hope my dear daughter is better. Tell her she must get well & those other little invalids must recuperate. Tell Margaret I am dreadfully uneasy about her & have not much more peace about Carrie

Very affy & sincerely

R E Lee

P.S. Please send the accomy note REL




Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 575, Section 29, Virginia Historical Society

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 October 26



1. George Washington Shell (1831-1899) was born in South Carolina. He served as an officer in the 3rd South Carolina and later worked as a commissary in the Army of Northern Virginia. After the war, he returned to South Carolina and served in Congress from 1891-1895. He died in South Carolina.

2. Frances Nottingham, a Petersburg girl, whose parents fled northern Virginia earlier in the war.

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