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Sunday June 29th [1862]


Only think my dear children none of your letters arrived until yesterday & then all came together one had been misspent you may know that I was very anxious & supposed that my dear little baby’s illness was the cause of Chapman’s delay[.] Custis is getting so much better that he sits up greater part of the day & I hope will be able to leave town next week. Mary wants him to go up to his uncle Carter’s with her. He sends such love & thanks for your letter & says now he should enjoy your conversation amazingly. I am so glad to be in Richmond at this time tho we do not get much direct news from the battle field now that it is removed so far from us. Your papa is in the field & commenced the attack on 4 oclock on thusday. It was delayed so late on account of some of the parties not coming up. All their fortifications were carried in the most brilliant manner & turned against them. We took Mechanicsville, the rail road & the telegraph wires & have pursued them for 15 miles in the direction of new Bridge[.] but Saturday I hear there was no fight after an early hour in the morning some say McLellan cannot be found tho’ it is confidently said that all retreat to his gun Boats is cut off, about 5 thousand prisoners have been brought in & about 80 officers, among them Genl Reynolds Major Clitz & Markie’s old friend Capt Simpson[.] I have not heard the names of the others. But amid our thanks & rejoicings there is much sorrow. Poor little Clarence Warwick was brought in yesterday shot thro the body dead. Braddys severely wounded that I don’t know if he is alive & Eugene Webster, shot dead.1 He is to be buried today & I have to write to his poor little wife who is at Halifax Va[.] I heard yesterday morning that my family were safe so far Rob is in the rear with Jackson. Oh I pray constantly that God may preserve them all, unworthy as I am of such mercy. I get Charlottes & Agnes letter immediately after you left but have not written as I have been daily expecting Chapman’s return & did not know how to direct this letter must arrive for you all[.] I will endeavour to attend to your many behests but tell Charlotte no flannel can be had in Richmond. I gave her letter to Fitzhugh who was very well & in fine spirits. My little darling I am so troubled about him & must come to him as soon as I can if he has diarrhea he ought to have on socks & a belly band & have his stomach rubbed with laudanum. I could get some knit for him & will look in town. Write at once & tell me how he is, give him no mineral water

Yrs MC Lee          




1. Sergeant Clarence Warwick (1842-1862) was the son of Abraham (1794-1874) and Sarah “Sallie” Warwick (1816-1846). He was mortally wounded at Gaines’ Mill and died on June 28. He is buried in Shockoe Cemetery in Richmond. His cousin Lieutenant Colonel Bradfute Warwick (1839-1862) was the son of Corbin (1792-1877) and Margaret Elizabeth Bradfute Warwick (1820-1898). He served in the 4th Texas regiment and was mortally wounded during the fighting at Gaines’ Mill on June 27. He received a promotion after the battle but died a few days later on July 6. He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond. Captain Eugene Webster (1831-1862) was the nephew of Daniel Webster. He was born in Connecticut, but nevertheless commanded a Confederate unit during the Civil War. He was killed at Gaines’ Mill and is buried in St. Anne’s Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland. His wife was Francina Lynn Webster (1834-1920), a native of Maryland, who is also buried in St. Anne’s Cemetery in Annapolis.


Source: Transcribed from original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 364,Section 18, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 February 9