PGBC Senior Prom - Stepping Out In Elegance - August 10th

My dear Mrs Branch[1]

I am very happy to be able to join in the celebration of the day

Truly yours

R E Lee

19 June ’65


Envelope: Note from Mrs Branch: “sent on my 34th birthday with a button[2] of his by Genl Lee”


Second envelope note: "2 buttons from dear cousin Robert Lees Confederate uniform given me by dear cousin Mary after the war at the time of my visit to Lexington"


Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 4, M2009.335, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 September 22




[1]Martha Louise Patteson (wife of James Read Branch) was the daughter of Dr. William Anderson Patteson, (and the granddaughter of James A. Patteson and of Martha Patteson, the daughter of Colonel David Patteson of Chesterfield.); Mrs. Branch had given Lee a nice set of shirts in 1864 when he was in Petersburg; Col. James R. Branch commanded a battery from Petersburg, Virginia.

[2]The United States forces had recently issued an order that said all Confederate buttons had to be covered or removed. Lee must have decided to give his way rather than risk the Federals taking them.