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    Robert E. Lee 1836 Manuscript Letter Signed Essentially a report to a senior officer written in another's hand, the note reads: "Brig. Gen. R Jones / Adjutant General of the Army " ; " Sir / I have the honor to enclose ( ? ) with a return of the Corps of Engineers and Officers of the line of the Army on duty in the Engineers Department for September, 1836 / Very Respectfully Sir (unclear)." Now, is added in Lee's handwriting, "By order R E Lee" with a closing appellation we are unable to decipher. This note was signed only ten days after Lee was finally promoted, to the rank of 1st Lieutenant of the Army and at the age of just twenty-nine. Created during a period of documented boredom with a seeming lack of opportunity, as well as great concern for the health of his wife Mary Custis Lee, he was on the cusp of change. He soon would be given the role of supervising the engineering work for St. Louis Harbor, as well as the upper Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, a task managed so well it lead to another promotion, to Captain, in 1838. Young Robert E. Lee was about to show his superiors the management skills which would lead to greatness when he signed this note. A rather scarce signature from this early period of his life. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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