Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee

 Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee

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His letters to my mother during the winter tell how much his men werein need. My mother was an invalid from rheumatism, confined to arolling-chair. To help the cause with her own hands as far as shecould, she was constantly occupied in knitting socks for the soldiers,and induced all around her to do the same. She sent them directly tomy father, and he always acknowledged them. November 30th, he says:

"...I received yesterday your letter on the 27th and am glad to learnyour supply of socks is so large. If two or three hundred would sendan equal number, we should have a sufficiency. I will endeavour tohave them distributed to the most needy...."

And on December 17th:

"...I received day before yesterday the box with hats, gloves, andsocks; also the barrel of apples. You had better have kept the latter,as it would have been more useful to you than to me, and I should haveenjoyed its consumption by you and the girls more than by me...."


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