Hd Qrs Lee’s Cav Div
July 15, 1864
Your letter of the 13th inst reached me yesterday & I am very much obliged to you & Mr. White for it, for we were very anxious to hear from all of you. I am delighted to hear thatis better & that you are all doing well. We are at present encamped in “the Wilds of Va” this country has never been settled & the most forlorn set of people are scattered here & they cultivate little farms. There are some animals here but which are accustomed to move away at the approach of man, but [illegible] are the inhabitants that they have not been disturbed.
Our Hd Qrs are very pleasantly situated in the woods, where we have plenty of shade & a nice stream to bathe in, so we have been pretty comfortably fixed in comparison with the rest of the army.
At present, we are having a very unusual spell of rest & quiet. The enemies Cav shall contend with the way they have been treated & are very shy of coming out & every body is heartily glad that they have come to such a [illegible], though if they do attempt any raid now I think they will get not more than a mile or two before we will be upon them & stop them right short up. Our Cav is increasing rapidly in numbers & the horses are getting pretty good feed.
We have Capt Cavendish to dine with us yesterday, he is attached to& is very clever & amusing. He gave us some very amusing accounts of the English army & their arrogance in dress & Equipments & accompanying them with our ragged [illegible] mentioned one officer who came to this country to offer his services and could not [illegible] breakfast with [illegible]. He also told us a great deal about the Crimean War where he was for some time & altogether made himself very interesting & some thing unusual in an Englishman. We gave him for dinner a splendid ham boiled with cabbage then baked [illegible] (age unknown) potatoes beats rice & squash so you see we are not starved out yet. We set up in camp meeting, under a large arbor on a board table.
It is the general impression in the army here that some of his troops to secure Washington, if not the whole army is now under weight. I hope he may soon leave, for we are very anxious to cross the Potomac once more & turn our horses out on the fine grass in Maryland & Pennsylvania. I would not be impressed if we moved at any moment. This weather we are having makes on entirely unfit to do anything & that with the ink & pen & paper (your excuses) make writing this letter entirely unpresentable, but knowing that you will be glad to hear from me in any way, I send it.is sending away
Remember me to them all at Clydael where you write & to my friends generally & send Major Preston‘s letter on to home.
Give my love to Milly & Mary & ma & all the misses. Ben heard from Kinlock the other day they are all well.
Your very much fatigued brother
R E Lee
Fitzhugh and John send their love