Camp Culpepper CtHouse

13 Nov ’62


I recd. your note dear Mary by Bryan with the socks. I shall have no difficulty in disposing of the latter & will try & find a man with shoes to put over them. The weather has become fine again & will continue I presume till the end of the month. Last night I recd. the enclosed letter from dear little Mary Childe with the one to yourself. It was without superscription. You will see she preserves her warm affection for us still. I fear I will never see my poor Sister more & have no way of communicating with her. You need not hurry yourself about the drawers. Make them well in all parts if the material is worth it & if you cannot procure better. I have been out all day on the Rappahannock. The enemy seems to have his whole force massed near Warrenton. He withdrew yesterday from Amissville & Jefferson (near Waterloo) & last night we drove back his pickets. I do not know what he will attempt it next. He Seems now to be quiescent. I pray God that he will confuse their counsels & return them to thier [sic] own country. Our only trust & safety is in him. Fitzhugh is on the Rappk. I saw him to day belt chaps on his gallant grey with Beauregard Jones following. I hope she continues well & that my Grd. daughter is flourishing. Give much love to them both & to dear A. I recd. Since my arrival a letter from Mildred & have replied to it. I cannot write much & must now bid you good night. Remember me to Mr & Mrs C. Tell Miss N. she must not recommend the majors any more to me. When I look at them & think of her, nature revolts. May God have you all in his holy keeping is the constant prayer of yours truly & affectly

R E Lee




Source: Transcribed from photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 403, Section 20, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 November 1