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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Lexington, Va., 9 March, 1867.

Genl. Armistead L. Long


Genl. Armistead L. Long served in the Confederate Army from the beginning to the end of the war. In 1862 he was appointed a member of my personal staff, and was distinguished for the correct establishment of positions, lines and batteries. Owing to his skill and services, he was, in 1864, promoted to be Brig. Genl., and appointed Chief of Artillery of Ewell’s Corps, in which capacity he served to the close of the war. Having graduated at the Military Academy at West Point, he is familiar with the scientific course there taught in Civil Engineering, and has since acquired the experience resulting from practice.

As far as came within my knowledge, he was indefatigable in the discharge of his duties, watchful and attentive in their execution, and irreproachable in deportment, integrity, and truth.

(sgd.) R. E. Lee




Source: Photocopy of letterbook copy, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 738, p. 25, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Katie Hall, 2018 May 31




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