Camp Orange Co: 28 Apl ’64


My dear Cousin Margaret

I have heard of your return to Richmond & cannot let you depart for your home without thanking you for your kind letter from Lindsay’s. When you reach there I shall be unable to Communicate with you, for I dislike to send letters within reach of the enemy, as they might serve if captured to bring distress on others. But I shall think of you always & you must sometimes cast your thoughts upon the army of N. Va: & never forget it in your pious prayers. It is preparing for a great struggle, but I pray & trust that the Great God, mighty to deliver, will spread over it his Almighty Arm & drive its enemies before it! You must give much love to your father mother & sweet Carrie. May you & they be blessed in your home, your labours, & your prayers.

I had progressed this far, when your note of the 25 came to hand. I should be very glad if any of my daughter Could go home with you. It might however prove inconvenient to them & to you, as we cannot foresee what time may bring forth. I shall not object to anything they & their mother may decide. Why cannot you stay with them? I am much obliged to Miss Belle for her remembrance. You ought to have stayed with your poor Cousin Mary, so as to cheer & help her. Miss Belle has her beaux to amuse her.

Good bye Sweet Maggie  


Truly & affy your Cousin

R E Lee




1. Margaret Stuart Hunter (1837-1893), daughter of Richard Henry Stuart (1808-1889) and Julia Calvert Stuart (1814-1888). Margaret married Robert Waterman Hunter, and she is buried in Winchester, Virginia.



Source: Transcribed from photocopy of original letter, Mss2 L515 a 152, Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2022 June 10