Camp Fredg 3 June 1863

Although I have written to you quite recently dear Mary, I take advantage of Major Venable being Called to Richmond to say that I am well. I have nothing new to relate, & am thankful that our enemy has not been able as yet to Capture Vicksburg, or to do us all the harm he meditates. I trust that a Kind Providence will watch over us, & notwithstanding our weakness & Sins will yet give us a name & place among the nations of the earth. I have heard nothing from Fitzhugh or Charlotte Since I last wrote. From the enclosed note of Fitz, my nephew I presume they are all well. I fear I shall not be able to attend the review on Friday. I hope Smith will be able to visit his Sons. He is an Iron clad, he is safe in his position & can go about & enjoy himself. I had a nice basket of strawberries sent me last evg, & this evg I am invited out to eat ice cream. See what enjoyments we have. The first I did my part to demolish, the second I had to decline. When do you expect Mildred? I hear the two Ellens of the Macfarland house1 arrived from Columbia a few days since. Probably the wedding of last night brought them on. Remember me very Kindly to Mr & Mrs Caskie. Tell Miss N to send all her beaux now. I want them. Kiss Agnes for me & believe me.

always yours






1. Likely referring to the home of William Hamilton MacFarland (1799-1872), a lawyer and friend of Lee. He is buried in Richmond.  



Source: Transcribed from photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L 51 c 456, Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward 2022 February 11