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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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., 3 June 1867.

Genl. Frank Y. Commagen

Maj: 7 U. S. Cavalry

286 F. St., Washington D. C.


As well as I now recollect, the troops which occupied the position at Salem Church on the evening of the 3d of May 1863, were Wilcox’s and Mahone’s brigades of Anderson’s division, & Woffords, Semmes & Kershaw’s’ brigades of McLaws’ division, the whole under command of Genl. McLaws. Wilcox and Mahone occupied the left.

The next day, the remaining portions of these divisions having joined them, Anderson was detached from the left to the right of the position, and uniting with Early’s division drawn from the front of Fredericksburg, the whole were employed in the movement which caused Genl. Sedgwick to recross the Rappahannock.

Very respectfully,

yr. obdt. Svt.

 (sgd) R. E. Lee



Source: Photocopy of letterbook copy, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 738, p.48, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Katie Hall, 2018 June 13

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