Letter From General Robert E. Lee To His Most Trusted Lieutenant General James Longstreet

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LETTER FROM GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE TO HIS MOST TRUSTED LIEUTENANT GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET ON AUGUST 29,1864, FROM CAMP PETERSBURG, VIRGINIA

LONGSTREET WAS CONVALESCING AT THIS TIME AFTER HAVING BEEN SEVERELY WOUNDED IN BATTLE ON MAY 5,1864.

"General J. Longstreet:

My Dear General, I received your letter of the 23d, and am much gratified at your improvement. You will soon be as well as ever, and we shall all be rejoiced at your return. You must not, however, become impatient at the gradual progress you must necessarily make, but be content with the steady advance you are making to health and strength. Your progress will be more certain and your recovery more confirmed. Do not let Sherman capture you, and I will endeavor to hold Grant till you come. I am glad to hear such good accounts of my little namesake (Robert Lee Longstreet). Good lungs are a great blessing, and nothing expands them better than a full hearty yell. I hope Mrs. Longstreet is well, and that she is enjoying the good peaches and Melons of Georgia. We have but little enjoyment hear. Our enemy is very cautious, and he has become so proficient in intrenching that he seems to march with a system already prepared. He threatens dreadful things every day, but, thank God, he had not expunged us yet.

All your army friends inquire for you anxiously, and will be delighted to hear of your improvement. We shall not object to your chirography, so you must practice it often, and let me hear your progress and well doing. Please present my kindest regards to Mrs. Longstreet, and love to my namesake. The gentlemen of the staff are very grateful for your remembrance, and unite with me in sincere wishes for your welfare and happiness. I am sure the rest of this army would join did they know of the opportunity.

With great regard, very truly yours R.E. Lee "

By Donald Archer Jr.
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