Petersburg 28 Mar ‘65


My dear Agnes

I recd last night your letter of the 26th & I felt great pleasure at the thought of seeing you & wish I could enjoy that pleasure. The Meades have more than once proposed to me to bring you to see them & I should like you very much to do so. I do not know that there is any objection on the score you mention, provisions, for every one seems to have a sufficiency of food, but I cannot say what a day may bring forth. I fear you have put off your visit too late. Genl Grant is evidently preparing for something & is marshalling & preparing his troops for some movement, which is not yet disclosed. Yesterday he was collecting troops on his left & this morg it continues. It would be very dreadful if you should be caught in a battle, when the road would have to be used for mil: purposes & you cut off. I think it necessary to inform you that you may be prepared. If you do Come, you must let me know by military telegraph that I may send a conveyance for you at the appointed hour. You must wish a great deal of happiness to Miss Bierne. I wish I could see her & Miss Sally too. I do not like to hear of the latter going to weddings. I fear it is premonitory. Give much love to your mother, sisters & friends

Your affectionate father

R E Lee


Miss Agnes Lee




Source: Photocopy of original letter, DeButts-Ely Collection of Lee Papers, Library of Congress

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 September 4