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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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., 14 May 1867.

Mr L. Gounart1

Oxford, Mississippi

My Dear Sir:

I have received your letter of the 28th ult., and regret to have to state that my personal knowledge of your qualifications does not enable me to give the statement you desire of your fitness to teach fencing. I would recommend you to write to the gentlemen with whom you state you have served, and who doubtless have the necessary information, for such evidence as you require.

Sincerely sympathizing with you on account of your disability, and wishing you every happiness,

I am very respectfully, yr. obdt. Svt.

(sgd) R. E. Lee



Source: Photocopy of letterbook copy, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 738, p.40, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Katie Hall, 2018 June 12


1. Louis Gounart served in the Confederate Provisional Navy as drill master from 1864 June 2 to 1864 December 14. He served on C.S.S. Patrick Henry, formerly the civilian steamer Yorktown, which was commandeered by the Virginia Navy and turned over to the Confederate Navy in 1861. He was captured in August 1864 and exchanged in October 1864.

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