Robert E. Lee papers

Robert E. Lee papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Lee, Robert E., (Robert Edward), 1807-1870
Title: Robert E. Lee papers
Dates: Bulk, 1861-1864
Dates: 1778-1872
Quantity: 0.25 Linear feet 18 folders in Vault Box 3
Coll. Number: ms302a

Biographical/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 Note

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.


Arranged roughly in chronological order.

Index 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.

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.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

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

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

VB314Receipt, 1838 October View online.
15Letter (handwritten copy), 1861 May 26 View online.
16Letter, 1861 July 16 View online.
17Note (handwritten copy), 1861 July 21 View online.
18Letter, 1861 July 23 View online.
19Note, 1861 August 1 View online.
20Letter, 1861 August 24 View online.
21Letter, 1861 September 8 View online.
22Special orders, 1861 September 14 View online.
23Letter, 1862 March 24 View online.
24Telegraph dispatch, 1862 April 29 View online.
25Letter, 1862 July 10 View online.
26Telegraph dispatch, 1862 December 15 View online.
27Letter, 1868 June 19 View online.
28Letter (Mary Custis Lee), 1872 January View online.
29Indenture (handwritten copy), 1778 View online.
30Memorandum (handwritten copy), undated View online.
31Receipt (handwritten copy), 1778 December 25 View online.