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Robert E. Lee papers

Robert E. Lee papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Robert E. Lee papers
Creator: Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870
Inclusive Dates: 1778-1872
Bulk Dates: 1861-1864
Language(s): English
Extent: 0.25 Linear Feet 18 folders in Vault Box 3
Collection Number: ms302a
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Robert Edward Lee (1807-1870) was a Confederate general during the American Civil War.

For further information see "Robert E. Lee" at Encyclopaedia Britannica online.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of papers relating to Robert E. Lee and the Lee family from 1838-1872. The bulk of the collection (1861-1864) contains correspondence from Lee regarding military activities of the Confederate Army during the Civil War. The letters discuss troop movements; supplies for troops; battle strategies for Elk Mountain, the Huntersville campaign, Cheat Mountain (W. Va.), and Dalton (Ga.); an exchange of prisoners (1862); casualty estimates at the battle of Fredericksburg; and reinforcement needs. Correspondees include Joseph E. Brown, Howell Cobb, and Henry Rootes Jackson. The collection also includes handwritten copies of 18th century land grants and indentures of John Parke Custis and a letter of Mary Custis Lee dated January 1872, Arlington (Va.) pertaining to proof of purchase of Arlington and the validity of her title to the property.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged roughly in chronological order.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert E. Lee papers, ms 302a, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2019.

General Notes

This collection has been digitized and is available online as part of America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Cheat Mountain (W. Va.), Battle of.
Confederate States of America. Army of Northern Virginia
Fredericksburg, Battle of, Fredericksburg, Va., 1862.
Georgia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Military administration -- Confederate States of America.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Prisoners and prisons.
Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns.
West Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

VB314Receipt, 1838 October Access Online
VB315Letter (handwritten copy), 1861 May 26 Access Online
VB316Letter, 1861 July 16 Access Online
VB317Note (handwritten copy), 1861 July 21 Access Online
VB318Letter, 1861 July 23 Access Online
VB319Note, 1861 August 1 Access Online
VB320Letter, 1861 August 24 Access Online
VB321Letter, 1861 September 8 Access Online
VB322Special orders, 1861 September 14 Access Online
VB323Letter, 1862 March 24 Access Online
VB324Telegraph dispatch, 1862 April 29 Access Online
VB325Letter, 1862 July 10 Access Online
VB326Telegraph dispatch, 1862 December 15 Access Online
VB327Letter, 1868 June 19 Access Online
VB328Letter (Mary Custis Lee), 1872 January Access Online
VB329Indenture (handwritten copy), 1778 Access Online
VB330Memorandum (handwritten copy), undated Access Online
VB331Receipt (handwritten copy), 1778 December 25 Access Online