Headquarters Army No. Va

Petersburg Va 28 July 1864



It has been a source of much regret to me that your Brigade has been deprived of your valuable services by the wound which you received in action. I should be glad to hear from you, how you are progressing in your convalescence, and hope that you may soon be restored to your usual vigor, and be enabled to return to your command where you have rendered and may still render, such valuable assistance to our cause.

very respectfully

Your obdt servt

R E Lee





Source: Not in Lee’s hand but signed by Lee, Papers of Robert E. Lee, 1830-1870, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 June 18