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    Touching Gen. Robert E. Lee Autograph Letter Signed to His Wife Mary Dated June 25, 1862. 7" X 7 1/2", one side, on typical thin blue/gray Confederate paper. "My Dear Mary, I have been on our lines on the Wmsburg road since noon - dear Mary, & having finished my dinner find it near 10 P. M. with a great deal to do to night. It is therefore impossible for me to see you. Indeed I should have to wake you up to do so. I therefore must deny myself the pleasure & hope we may merit many happy days yet. I know your prayers and well wishes are Constantly with me & my trust is that a merciful Providence may hear and answer them. Give much love to Custis & all the girls. I am very glad to hear the former is improving. God guard and preserve you all. Very best & Afft., R. E. Lee 25 June 62 Mrs. M. C. Lee." 25 June marked the beginning of the conflagration that would become known as 'The Seven Days' and the 26th would see Lee face the Battle of Mechanicsville or Beaver Dam Creek, a tactical Union victory, that "bitterly disappointed" the Confederate commander. Typically, Lee makes no mention in the letter of the dangers to himself or his army, with his most heartfelt concern to allay the fears of his wife and children, with the letter providing rare personal insight into the touching relationship between Lee and his stalwart wife. Restoration to top, reinforcement to edges, light folds and two pinholes. Overall appearance very fine, bright and crisp, and a great Lee letter. Estimate: $12,000 - $15,000.

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    June, 2011
    25th Saturday
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