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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Staunton          Nov 23. 1865.


My attention has been called to an article published in the “New York News” of the 7th inst, which was written by a friend of mine in Kentucky, Maj J. Stoddard Johnston, whom you may recollect as the Adjutant General of Maj: Gen Breckinridge. It is in reply to an article published in the same paper, in very bad taste I thought, by Mr E. A. Pollard, which may have met your eye.

I take the liberty of enclosing to you the article of Maj Johnston, thinking that it might possess some interest to you.

I hope to be able, in the intervals of business, in the course of a few weeks, to send to you a statement of the condition of the Department of South Western Virginia and the operations therein during the last winter & spring.

I am, Gen, very respectfully

Your Obt Sert

Jno: Echols


Verso [Lee’s handwriting]

23 Novr ’65

Genl Jno: Echols will send report of operations  in W. Va:



Source: Photocopy of original letter, Mss3 L515 a, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 May 15

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