<br /> Lee Letter: v066

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Charles Carter Lee

My dear brother Carter

I have but a few moments in which to express my thanks for your kind letter of the 21st. I write with you in mourning at the death of Genl Jackson – Any Victory would be dear to us at such a price, still I am grateful to Almighty God for having given us such a man, whose example is left us, & whose spirit I trust will be diffused over the whole Confederacy, and will raise us the Army many to supply his place – Who can fill it I do not know – But he is at rest, enjoying his reward of duty well done – We have still to struggle on – our labor rendered more severe, more onerous by his departure. I very much regret that the quiet of your neighborhood should have been disturbed by the footsteps of the enemy – He has however become so numerous in comparison with ourselves that he seems able to go anywhere. In the last battle he exceeded us more than three to one – An excess of over one hundred thousand men is fearful odds – Cannot our good Citizens get back to us our stragglers & dastards. Our noble wounded return as soon as they can crawl, – some on one leg & some without an arm – But they come to do what they can – Our ranks are constantly thinning by battle and desease – We get no recruits You can judge therefore of our prospect of disposing of Hooker’s Army as you propose. I assure you no one would be more heartily pleased at it than I should be – I am rejoiced to hear that you are all so well & that you bear your privations so bravely – I am sorry that my little nephew had to dispense with his peas & strawberries on his birthday – They will be made up to him I hope – But if he meets with no greater disappointments he will do well – Tell all the boys to get their hoes and go to the cornfields – Labor is the thing to make soldiers, they will then be able to do their share when they become men – Miss Mildred must not go in the cornfields She must go in the garden & to live with the violets, the lilies, the roses – Give my love to Sister Lucy – Tell her she must give me her pious prayers & the prayers of her household. But for a Merciful God we could do nothing – He is our only assurance of Victory – Think of the hosts against us. Their numerous appointments & vast equipment in every conceivable way – But for His being on our side we must have failed in every battle. But as He is for us I fear no odds against us –

Truly your brother.

R. E. Lee

C. C. Lee esq –

Notes:

Lee PapersUniversity of Virginia Archives

This letter is written on letterhead printed as follows: “ESTABLISHED 1847 / GRAND-VIEW SANATORIUM / PENNSYLVANIA’S GREAT HEALTH RESORT / REUBEN D. WEINRICH, M.D., PROPRIETOR / LONG DISTANCE TELEPHONE / WERNERSVILLE, Berks Co., Pa.” There is no envelope with the letter.