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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Petersburg 28 Mar ‘65


My dear Agnes

I recd last night your letter of the 26th & I felt great pleasure at the thought of seeing you & wish I could enjoy that pleasure. The Meades have more than once proposed to me to bring you to see them & I should like you very much to do so. I do not know that there is any objection on the score you mention, provisions, for every one seems to have a sufficiency of food, but I cannot say what a day may bring forth. I fear you have put off your visit too late. Genl Grant is evidently preparing for something & is marshalling & preparing his troops for some movement, which is not yet disclosed. Yesterday he was collecting troops on his left & this morg it continues. It would be very dreadful if you should be caught in a battle, when the road would have to be used for mil: purposes & you cut off. I think it necessary to inform you that you may be prepared. If you do Come, you must let me know by military telegraph that I may send a conveyance for you at the appointed hour. You must wish a great deal of happiness to Miss Bierne. I wish I could see her & Miss Sally too. I do not like to hear of the latter going to weddings. I fear it is premonitory. Give much love to your mother, sisters & friends

Your affectionate father

R E Lee


Miss Agnes Lee




Source: Photocopy of original letter, DeButts-Ely Collection of Lee Papers, Library of Congress

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 September 4   

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