Md Sep 13th 1862


My dear daughter


I received your letter forwarded by Capt Baldwin1 and am very glad to hear that you are well. I have been disabled in both my hands and can’t write to you. They are both improving as well as circumstances admit but you can imagine how I am inconvenienced. You must thank sweet Adah and Carrie and say to them all I should. Tell Carrie I hope she has no secret to tell me for I have heard enough. The Fitzhughs and Robert were well when I last heard of them. I see them very rarely and they are constantly in a scene of strife. Give much love to your mother, your sisters etc. Believe me always your father

R E Lee

P.S. I am very glad to hear that Mrs. Caskie is recovering. Remember me to her, to Mr. C. and Mrs. Norval


Miss Mary C. Lee



1. Likely Briscoe Gerard Baldwin (1828-1898), who had joined Lee’s staff. Baldwin was badly wounded at Malvern Hill in 1862, recovered, and reported to General Lee that July. He became an ordnance officer in November 1862 and served in that capacity until the end of the war. A business man in Richmond after the war, he settled in Texas in 1870, where he was a cattle rancher and educator. His is buried in Bryan City Cemetery in Brazos County.  




Source: Transcribed from original letter, Mary Custis Lee Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2021 November 21