Alexandria Library, Special Collections Branch

Treasures in the Vault

January 2015

Robert E. Lee Letter, February 19, 1862

This letter was a gift from William F. Smith to the Special Collections Branch.


Savannah 15 Feby 1862

My dear Sir

I sympathize very

sincerely in your situation and accordingly,

regret the condtion in which you

are placed. I have no situation

near me diserable (sic) to you not occupied.

I have therefore written to Col Myers

requesting his aid. He has constant

need of assistants in the [illegible] Dept

where your duties would not only be

more to your tastes but also more

nearly allied to your former pursuits

I enclose the letter, which if you

think fit you can seal & present.

Wishing you every success

I am very truly yours.

RE Lee

Wm J Cazenove Esq


Related Resources
  • Douglas Southall Freeman. R. E. Lee: A Biography
  • George G. Kundahl. Alexandria Goes to War: Beyond Robert E. Lee
  • Elizabeth Brown Pryor. Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Lettters


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