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Catalog Number CML-RHC.11
Date 1885, 1893
Scope & Content Robert H. Chilton Papers: Correspondence between Lee Family and Peyton Wise

Physical Appearance: Two letters: a) June 10, 1885 - [George Washington Custis Lee] at Washington & Lee University, Lexington, V[irgini]a to Gen[eral] Peyton Wise, Richmond, V[irgini]a - Lee answers query on his father's first name and sends a photograph of his father made from a daguerrotype. Two pages, written and signed by J. M. Allen, a secretary to Lee, who suffers from "a rheumatic hand." b) August 15, 1893 - Fitz Lee at Glasgow, V[irgini]a to Gen[era]l Peyton Wise, 100 W[est] Main St[reet], Richmond, V[irgini]a - Lee forwards a letter by Robert E. Lee of 1860 that mentions the Chilton family; he requests the letter be returned. One page, typed, signed by Fitz Lee, also cover.
Archival History These letters were formerly located in the MC 3 C-196 files. The Robert Hall Chilton Collection contains correspondence and ephemera of Robert Hall Chilton (1815-1879), held in the Eleanor S. Brockenbrough Library. The collection includes Chilton's 1864 appointment as brigadier and list of the officers and men taking parole at Greensboro, North Carolina, on April 29, 1865. Among the extensive postwar holdings are letters to former generals Richard Stoddert Ewell, Daniel Harvey Hill, and James Longstreet, as well as handwritten notes on campaigns--including Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. Wartime items found in other collections consist of offical correspondence to Chilton from General T. J. Jackson and General J. E. B. Stuart. The Robert E. Lee Family Collection contains many personal postwar letters from General Lee to the Chilton family, and likewise, the Davis Family Collection has several postwar letters from Jefferson Davis to Chilton himself. Most of the Chilton items came to the Museum from Chilton's daughter, Laura Chilton Wise.
People Wise, Laura Chilton