Give a great deal of love to your dear mother, and kiss your sisters for me. Tell them they must keep well, not talk too much, and go to bed early.
I guess Lee figured why the Texas Brigade was so tough!From a letter he wrote in August, 1856, while stationed at Ringgold Barracks, near present day Rio Grande City:
"The sun was fiery hot and the atmosphere like a blast from a hot air furnace, the water salt. Every branch and leaf in this country, nearly, are armed with a point and seem to poison the flesh. What a blessing the children are not here! They would be ruined."
----- Robert E. Lee in a letter to his wife, August 25th, 1856
And we know what at least one Union general thought of Texas, so.....