Vera Cruz

March 27, 1847

 

 

My Dear Smith,

 

 I tried to see you the night you went on board but failed. I am so thankful you were saved through that hot fire. I felt fearful of your being shot down. I can’t get time to see you. I have not time to attend to anything for myself. There is a French bark1 anchored by your fleet and attendant at Anton Lizardo2 or was from Bordeaux. She has some wines, etc. Can you through any of your comrades get me a bottle or two of Claret and one of brandy and four colored shirts, the latter are seventy-five cents each. I have two of them, and the brandy is thirty-seven and a half cents per bottle. God bless and preserve you. Your batteries naval have smashed each side of the town. I have been around the walls to examine. The Castle Battery has been silenced. I grieve for the fine fellows who were killed there. I have no news from app—- if you hear try in some way to get it to me.

 

Very affectionately your brother,

R.E. Lee

 

 

 

Source: Lee Family Papers, 1722-1892, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

 

Transcribed by Allen Guelzo, 2017 January 18

 

 

 

1. The French barque Anax, which had run the U.S. blockade of Vera Cruz but which was subsequently captured while trying to run back to the open sea.

2. A fishing village 12 miles south of Vera Cruz, now the home of the Mexican naval academy.