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Object Name Letter
Catalog Number REL-2
Collection CONFEDERATE MILITARY LEADERS COLLECTION
Date November 7, 1839
Scope & Content Robert E. Lee to Capt. John MacKay, November 7, 1839

Physical Appearance: The letter is a typed copy of the original dated November 7, 1839 in which Lee, stationed on the Mississippi River, offers opinions on Florida and the Indian situation. Lee also reveals his longing for home and family.

This letter is particularly notable for reflecting Lee's sense of humor, with the introductory information describing the letter as Lee's "finest personal letter we have seen, revealing a playful, humerous personality hidden to history!" The end of the transcript also mentions: "The letter provides ample evidence to contradict the traditional views of Lee as stern and unbending icon."

There is also some brief biographical information at the end of the document on John MacKay, who is described as "one of Lee's closest friends."
Creator Lee, Robert E., Gen.
People Lee, Robert E.
MacKay, John
Subjects Topographic maps
Maps
Steamboats
Rivers
Fathers & children