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Label
1862-1865
Inclusive dates
1862-1865
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Letters, 1862-1865, written by General Robert E. Lee to President Jefferson Davis, contain a wealth of information regarding the progress of the Civil War and battle strategies. Included are detailed reports to President Davis on battles, troop movements, issues confronting Lee and his army, and strategic movements of the army
  • Many items were included in Douglas S. Freeman's LEE'S CONFIDENTIAL DISPATCHES TO DAVIS, 1862-1865, and/or Clifford Dowdey and Louis H. Manarin's THE WARTIME PAPERS OF R.E. LEE. Several letters are from Lee to individuals other than Davis
Member of
Action
  • Received
  • Described
  • Received
  • Described
Additional physical form
  • Also available as microfilm (Misc. Reel 403, Accession 23458).
  • Photocopies of 29 letters not included in THE WARTIME PAPERS OF R.E. LEE or LEE'S DISPATCHES TO JEFFERSON DAVIS, 1862-1865 may be found in Accession no. 25786. These items are dated 1862 September 7, 9, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 28, October 1; 1863 January 10, March 2 and 20, May 11, Jun e 9, 16, and 24, August 1, September 11, 18, 20, and 28, November 29; 1864 January 30, April 2 and 9, May 3, July 11, and September 5.
Biographical or historical data
  • During the evacuation of Richmond, these dispatches were hurriedly placed in a trunk belonging to Burton Harrison, the private secretary to President Davis. The trunk was sent to Washington, Georgia, and later was sent to Harrison in New York where he had settled.
  • In 1876 one of the missing dispatches was printed by a Colonel Charles C. Jones who had gained access to the papers. Jefferson Davis, who was then preparing his history of the Confederate Government, inquired about the papers. They were missing from the trunk, but Jones insisted the letter he published had been borrowed from an unnamed person in Richmond. Ultimately the confidential dispatches became a part of the extensive collection of Wymberley Jones DeRenne of Georgia.
Cataloging source
VIC
Form designation
Robert E. Lee letters
Label
!UNKNOWN LABEL
Arrangement
Chronological.
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  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
  • These dispatches are keyed to Freeman's publication and also the one by Dowdey and Manarin. Thus, F-1 denotes letter "No. 1" in Freeman; D/M-60 signifies letter "No. 60" in Dowdey and Manarin. A few items have been keyed also to the WAR OF THE REBELLION.
  • Inventory
Extent
  • 309
  • 67
Governing access note
For preservation purposes, please serve microfilm and photocopies (Misc. reel 403 and Accession 25786)
Immediate source of acquisition
Baruch, Bernard
Materials
  • Accession 23458 (Misc. reel 403);
  • Accession 25786;
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000488780
Type of unit
  • p.
  • prints.

Library Locations

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