Camp 27 Sept ’63


My dear Son

I have recd your letter of the 25th for which I am much obliged. The boots reached me Safely. Please Keep the Coat & vest for the present. I will endeavour now if I ever get time to make out my tax account. Did I leave you money Sufficient to pay for the coat &c. If not please let me know. I rejoice over Braggs victory. It is a great Success & will be of great Service to us every way, though from the reports in yesterday’s paper it looks as if Rosecrans had made a stand at Chattanooga. I hope Bragg will be able to cross the Tennessee below him & force him out. His Cavy ought now to break up his Communications & force him back. I See Rob, Fitz, John & Henry occasionally the Cavy is near me now. They are all well. No advance has yet been seriously made, though all the preparations of Genl Meade indicate that purpose. Genls King, Heintzelman &c have been brought up to Culpepper & the Pontoon trains have again been brought forward from Centreville. I am glad to hear that there is Some prospect of a general exchange of prisoners. If Bragg has captured any of importance it will facilitate matters. Good bye my dear Son. Remember me in your prayers & always keep in your heart.

Your devoted father

RE Lee




Source: Transcribed from digital scan of original letter

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2022 May 16