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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Oct. 17, 1904

Dear Captain Lee;

I got your letter of the 12th; and to-day the book came.

I thank you very much for it, as a gift from you, and I am going to read every word of it.

You have done a public service in giving the book to the world. It is the life of Virginian’s worthiest son. General Lee had a greater hold on the people than any other man ever did.

I am going to keep the book and give it to my oldest grandson.

With kindest regards to Mrs Lee and yourself, and to Anne and Mary; I miss them from the town.

Yours very truly,

B. W. Green1



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

Transcribed by Katie Hall, 2018 July 16




1. Benjamin William Green (1846-1924) was a native of South Carolina, who fought in a Georgia unit during the Civil War. After the war, he moved to Arkansas and eventually settled in Little Rock. He was Commander of the Arkansas Division of the United Confederate Veterans.


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