Camp Orange Co: 20 Mar ‘64


I enclose to your care dear cousin Margaret, notes to your mother and little sister which I hope you can send to them without trouble. I wish also to say to you that you must write me that letter over again. In the file that I found on my table there was not a line from you. Are you sure you wrote it? Perhaps it was to some other old Genl in the army. This makes two of your letters that the public have deprived me of. I can tell you for your satisfaction that Genl Johnson is well & that Genl Early has just returned from a visit home & is handsomer than ever. He looks bright in his new garments & the black plume in his bracer gives him the air of a gay cavalier. You will have to pay us another visit Maggie, but no one wants to see you as much as your cousin. Present my kind regards to Mrs. Randolph. Tell her I thought of her before 12 o’clock the day I left, for I missed my breakfast. She knows the pleasure the recollection of her always gives me, but that morg brought material comfort. Tell Miss Jeannie I hope the dear Dr is happy.

Truly & affy


R E Lee




1. Margaret Stuart (1837-1893), the daughter of Dr. Richard Stuart, a native of Westmoreland County, Virginia, where Robert E. Lee was born.


Source: Scan of original letter, The Papers of Robert E. Lee, 1830-1870, University of Virginia Special Collections, Charlottesville

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 November 16