Raynors HCA 2020-02
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Letter Signed, "Hd. Qrs. Army N. Va.", March 21, 1864, to soldier's wife Bettie Land in South Carolina. "…I regret that the exigencies of the service will not allow me to comply with your request. The time is now near at hand when every good man should be at his post, and I hope that your husband's affairs can be arranged without his personal attendance. If he and his fellow soldiers will display, as I doubt not they will, the patriotic spirit that animates yourself, I trust the day is not far distant when they may all return to the homes which it is now their first duty to defend." The letter is penned in the hand of Col. Charles Marshall who served as Lee's aide de camp. At the bottom of the letter is affixed the transmittal cover, addressed to the lady, with Marshall's notation and signature at top: "From Gen. R.E. Lee, by C. Marshall Maj. & ADC". It is age-toned and has slight damage affecting just a few words of text .
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Robert E. Lee Praises the Patriotic Spirit of the Confederate Soldier and Family

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