Richmond 29 May ’62


My precious Agnes

I recd. yesterday your note of the 23rd accompd Charlottes, & to day that of the 26th accompd a letter to Mary arrived. They both gave me great pleasure & I am much soothed in your absence by your affectionate remembrances. I wish I had more time to reply & to enjoy a conversation with you, but movements are making for a great battle & every moment of my time is occupied. Still I think of you & love you dearly & my prayers are with you & dear Chass. May God guard & protect you both! I have written to the Editor of the Whig to send her paper & wish there was any thing else I could do for the comfort of either. You must both by content to be safe & well & to make each other happy. Take good care of my Grd. son.

It is true that your mother Annie & Mildred are in the hands of the enemy. The house was surrounded by a body of the enemy’s cavy & the farm I understand taken possession of. Mr Sayre escaped. A Mr Rush I understand, I presume Richd Rush of Phila & formerly of the Army, was in command, assured them of protection & placed sentinels around the house1 I have heard nothing since, & am very anxious about them. I trust they may be safe. I will send your letter to M. I have told that Chass of Custis sickness another cause of anxiety at this time. But all will come right in the end I know. We require the prayers of all that love us.

Truly & lovingly your father

R E Lee



1. Richard Henry Rush (1825-1893), who was born in London. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1846 and fought in the Mexican War. He served in the 6th Pennsylvania cavalry at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Brandy Station.



Source: Transcribed from photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51c 354, Section 18, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 April 6