Petersburg 16 Nov ’64




            I return the Photography with my Signature as you requested. Is it for the same reason that the painter wrote “Horse” under the portrait of that animal? I was very glad to hear that the Surgeons had decided not to lay open your wound. I hope you may be soon restored to health again, & never receive another wound

Very truly yours,


R E Lee


Capt Robt Taylor




Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 4, M2009.320, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 September 24