Orange Co;

22 Apr. ’64

My Dear Major[1]

I duly received your letter from England of November last and have often wished to thank you for your kind sentiments and high appreciation of the army of Northern Virginia. The difficulty of communication with you has prevented, but I can no longer resist the desire to express to you my gratitude for your well wishes and prayers for our safety and deliverance. I heartily unite in your petition to the giver of all Victory, that he may graciously guide and direct us in all our operations, and give us peace with our enemies and peace with Him. That he may bless you in your labours and restore you in safety to your family and friends is my fervent prayer. I am very much obliged to you, my dear major for the uniform and blanket you so kindly sent me. I beg you will not add to your troubles by administering to my comfort. We have partly owing to your efforts and partly to the exertions of our people everything we actually want. All else we can dispense with.

       Truly and gratefully yours,

R E Lee





Source: Transcription of the original, donated by W. W. Henry, vertical files, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall



Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 February 1


[1] Major James Boswell Ferguson (1822-1896) served on the staff of Fitzhugh Lee during the war. He was born 1822 August 7 and on 1858 December 22 he married Emma Cabell Henry. In 1861, he was appointed to work for the quartermaster’s department. In 1862, he worked to procure uniforms in England for the Confederacy. One uniform he sent to Robert E. Lee, which was worn by Lee when he surrendered to Grant in April 1865. Major Ferguson died on 1896 June 9 in Charlotte, Virginia, and is buried in Goochland.