Tag Archives: Robert E. Lee

1 December 1863: “The status of the Yankees is mysterious.”

Item description: Entry, dated 1 December 1863, in the Samuel A. Agnew Diary.  In this entry, Agnew describes a miscommunication about the whereabouts and strength of Forrest, Ferguson, and Lee’s units and uncertainty about the location of Union troops.  Agnew … Continue reading

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26 November 1863: “I know of no more fitting resting place for a brave soldier than the battle field in which he has laid down his life in the defense of the rights of his Country”

Item description: letter, 26 November 1863, from Robert E. Lee to R.H. Graves in which he regretfully acknowledges the loss of Captain H. A. Gordan at Gettysburg and the impossibility of recovering his body. He concludes that the battlefield is … Continue reading

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1 October 1863: “I had a conversation yesterday with General Lee yesterday in which I spoke of your letters and he expressed a desire to see it.”

Item Description: Letter dated 1 October 1863 from General R. S. Ewell to Robert Lewis Dabney. R. L. Dabney was a clergyman, teacher, Confederate staff officer and chaplain. This letter responds to an earlier letter of Dabney’s regarding suggestions for the … Continue reading

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12 August 1863: “…no one seems to think of marriage, the times being too hard.”

Item description: Letter, dated 12 August 1863, from Lafayette McLaws to his wife.  In this letter he discusses the various talents of their children and the family on whose farm his division is camped. Item citation: From folder 8, Lafayette … Continue reading

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16 June 1863: “…I tell you we are going to give it to them this time…”

 Item description: Letter, dated 16 June 1863, from Eldridge B. Platt to his family, including parents Enoch and Sallie Bronson Platt, of Waterbury, Connecticut. Eldridge B. Platt (b. 1847) enlisted as a drummer in the 2nd Connecticut Light Battery on 12 … Continue reading

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30 April 1863: “I would not therefore encumber myself with artillery, but would take the best guns and horses. Use however your judgment.”

Item description: Letter, dated 30 April 1863, from Robert E. Lee to Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. According to a note pasted on the letter, it was Lee’s last official letter to Jackson prior to the Battle of Chancellorsville. Jackson was wounded on 2 May … Continue reading

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29 April 1863: “Today Genl Lee came over to my position and we had a long con-versation with each other…”

Item Description: Letter, dated 29 April 1863, from General Lafayette McLaws, a Confederate officer from Savannah, Georgia. It it he writes to his wife, Emily Allison Taylor McLaws, discussing the Chancellorsville campaign, relating a story of a North Carolina regiment … Continue reading

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2 December 1862: “This division of the enemy’s force seem to me very strange, but so many reports may indicate some movement of the enemy and I send them to you that you may be prepared.”

Item description: Letter, 2 December 1862, from Robert E. Lee to Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Item citation: From folder 248 in the Charles William Dabney Papers #1412 in the Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: Hd Qrs. Army Northern … Continue reading

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4 August 1862: “This morning early, I rode out to Genl. Lee’s Head Quarters and reported for duty.”

Item description: Letter, 4 August 1862, from Jeremy Francis Gilmer to his wife Louisa Fredericka Alexander Gilmer. More about Jeremy Francis Gilmer: Jeremy Francis Gilmer was born in Guilford County, N.C., on 23 February 1818. He entered the United States … Continue reading

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8 April 1862: Cipher from Joseph E. Johnston to Robert E. Lee

Item description: Cipher sent from Gen. Joseph E. Johnston to Gen. Robert E. Lee. The coded message appears to be a note regarding the supply of arms to Johnston’s command, which in April 1862 was engaged in the fortification and … Continue reading

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