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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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




Petersburg, January 8, 1865

Hon. James A. Seddon,

                        Secretary of War, Richmond, Va.:

            Sir: I have had the honor to receive you letter of the 7th instant, transmitting the information received from Mr. R. F. Walker from an old farmer of Charles City County relative to large numbers of Grant’s army descending James River. From other information received I think it probable the attack on Wilmington will be renewed. General Terry, it is said, is to command the land forces, and that the last of them embarked on the evening of the 5th. I have notified General Bragg, and am endeavoring to ascertain the strength of the land force. I cannot learn that any troops have left the lines in our front.

                        Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

RE Lee,







Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 46, Part 2, p. 1023

Transcribed by Daniel Shevalier, 2018 June 19

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