The Resource 1862-1865
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- Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889
- Halleck, H. W., (Henry Wager), 1815-1872
- Personal papers
- Confederate States of America -- History
- Bragg, Braxton, 1817-1876
- Randolph, George Wythe, 1818-1867
- Generals -- Southern States -- Correspondence
- Generals -- United States -- Correspondence
- Military records
- Letters (correspondence)
- Lee, Robert E., (Robert Edward), 1807-1870
- Confederate States of America -- History, Military
- Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- Stuart, Jeb, 1833-1864
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- 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
- 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.
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- Robert E. Lee letters
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