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Robert E. Lee letters

Robert E. Lee letters, 1861-1866
Robert E. Lee letters
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  • Selection of Robert E. Lee letters related to the Civil War, from the collection of the Museum of the Confederacy. Consists of seventy letters, including military dispatches, telegrams, and special orders written by or on the behalf of General Lee, 1861-1865. Recipients include: Richard Anderson, Braxton Bragg, Jubal Early, Richard Ewell, John Pemberton, William Pendleton, George Pickett, and Jeb Stuart
  • Topics of the military dispatches include the defense of the South Carolina coast, 1861, and a copy of Special Order no. 17, which divided the South Carolina coast into five military districts; Orders written while headquartered with Jefferson Davis in Richmond, 1862; Dispatches to General J.C. Pemberton regarding the Georgia and South Carolina campaigns, 1862; Copy of military plans for the Peninsular Campaign, 26 June 1862 (General Order no. 75). Also included is a copy of the appointment, dated 31 August 1861, confirming Lee as a full general in the army of the Confederate States
  • Of note are seventeen letters and orders written to Lee's commanders during the Battle of New Market (Va.), 28-30 September 1864. These letters trace the military tactics and battle plans of the Confederate Army at New Market. Also noteworthy is a letter, dated 11 January 1865, to Honorable Andrew Hunter of Richmond, concerning the use of slaves in the Confederate Army
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  • Accessioned
  • Described
Biographical or historical data
Robert Edward Lee (1807-1870), Confederate General in command of the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War.
Cataloging source
Location of originals duplicates
  • Originals located at
  • Museum of the Confederacy
Robert E. Lee letters
Papers seem to have been selected by the Virginia Civil War Centennial Commission
  • The Library of Virginia
Immediate source of acquisition
Museum of the Confederacy
Reproduction note
Photostats (negative).
Type of unit

Library Locations

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      800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23219, US
      37.5415632 -77.4360805
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