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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



My dear Gen'l Columbus Ga   July 26th 67


I forwd the enclosed as a matter of history which may interest you, as Hill in writing to me mentioned that he had also written to you. I simply gave him my recollections of circumstances under which the order was destributed [sic], but stated inability to say whether he individually had recd a copy as had all others holding the grade of Maj Genl. Hill had been left behind at Richmond, & I could not recollect, without books to refer to, the time he joined us, altho I recollected that he preceded us across the Potomac. Wrights letter confirms my recollections & fixes the fact of Hills rec’pt of the order.

I wrote him as an aide of McClellans (He married Dora Mason) as Hill had asked me to obtain any information I could for him, as the charge against him was unfounded & he wished to clear it up. I really hoped it might have proved as he stated, altho my recollections were to the contrary, but you know I have never trusted to it as infallible. You can retain the letter, getting Sallie who tells me in letter recd today, that she visits you next week, to send me a copy if you desire it. I have wished so much that I could have sent Mrs. Lee some of the splendid melons peaches & other fruits which we have been eating the passed [sic] month. But your green grass, mountain air, & fine mutton & beef, more than compensate their loss. I dream some times of those beautiful Blue Mts & rich grass fields. Here we have flowers & fruits in great variety and abundance but it is as hot as Texas without the breeze. I frequently meet with members of your old army who always speak of you with great devotion. Were you not sorry to read Longstreets letters. Poor fellow. Please give my love to Mrs Lee, with kindest regards to the young ladies & to Custis. I should esteem it a great happiness to see you once more most truly yr friend

R H Chilton    




Source:  Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 g, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 July 24

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