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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 Feby 1870

W. Gordon McCabe Esqr

Petersburg Va:

Dear Sir

I do not recollect ever having recd recommendations from Genls Anderson & Heth for the assignment of Col: Wm J. Pegram to the command of brigades in their Divisions. If I did they were not denied for want of confidence in his ability, for no one in the army had a higher opinion of his gallantry & worth than myself. They were conspicuous on every field. Officers were sometimes recommended for the command of brigades when there were none to which they could be properly be assigned, & in such cases the recommendations could not be considered. Col: Pegram had the command of a fine battalion of artillery, a service in which he was signally skillful, in which he delighted & in which I understood that he preferred to remain. I do not think under the circumstances that he would have considered the command of a brigade in 1865 as preferable to the position he held

Very truly yours R E Lee




Source: Photocopy of original letter, W. Gordon McCabe Papers, University of Virginia Special Collections Library, Charlottesville

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2019 May 28      

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