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26 June ’64

Camp Petersburg


I recd to day dear Mary your note of yesterday with the clothes. I return in the bag my flannel drawers which please have put in my trunk. I have plenty of socks for the present. I hope it is not as hot in Richmond as here. It is perfectly stifling & then the dust is so dense that the atmosphere is distressing. The men suffer a great deal in the trenches, & this Condition of things with the extreme heat of the Sun nearly puts an end to the military operations. I recd a kind letter from Dr. Peyton to day saying they were all well in his neighborhood. A dispatch from F__ to day states he had attacked the enemys Cavy near Staunton river, on the Danville road & driven them till dark. They had been repulsed at the river & turned down the stream. I hope all was well with him. This makes the third attack he has made upon them since they started on this raid.

I shall Continue to hope to see you before your departure. If I do not I shall with confidence Commit you & my dear daughters to the hands of our merciful father in heaven, with the firm belief that he will order all things for the best for us, both in this world & the next. May he have mercy on us all & specially guard & protect you. Give much love to the girls & believe me always & as ever yours

R E Lee


P.S. All that I Can do for Mr. Williams is to represent his case to Col. Ould, which I will do.





Source: Transcribed from photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L 51 c 529, Section 26, Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Richmond


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2022 June 15