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He sends a thoughtful letter to a friend in regards to her letter and flower, dated in 1856! Autograph Letter Signed: "Fitz Lee", 2p, 5x8, front and verso. The Barracks, 1856 November 9. To Miss Milner.

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He sends a thoughtful letter to a friend in regards to her letter and flower, dated in 1856!
Autograph Letter Signed: "Fitz Lee", 2p, 5x8, front and verso. The Barracks, 1856 November 9. To Miss Milner. In full: "Taking advantage of the opportunity which is afforded me in sending her this song, I have ventured since it is agreeable to Miss Milner, to address her a few lines, on another sheet, telling her of the new of this, the "Ancient City' & of its people. It is the Blessed Sabbath, the stillness which reigns around the Garrison could belong to no other day, no shouting, no singing - some of the gentlemen, have gone, or have carried it so far, as to have gone to church, it might have been to the Dutch Reformed, it might have been to some other; however it is not of much importance, it is sufficient to establish the fact of their going. Your humble servant did not attend as usual but has taken advantage of some of them being absent, others sleeping and reading ... the bible to drop you these few lines, proving to a friend that she is not forgotten. Did you have a pleasant journey? Your welcome home, Miss Milner, I know was warm. The 'Deacon' said that you all got off safely ; he knows of me at any rate. You don't know how you ladies are missed. I have not set my foot out of Garrison since you left. Nothing to do, nowhere to go, no one to dine with, nor no one -; but I must stop. Perhaps I have already [illegible] you. Oh, I see: the penny - had I more you should have my thoughts. If you care for hearing from me again, they will be placed in the next. The flower I also got, for which I am very, very much obliged. Hoping that he may hear from you soon and that he may sign himself your friend, it is the wish of Fitz Lee". Fitzhugh Lee (1835-1905), the nephew of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, graduated From West Point in 1856. He was assigned to the cavalry in Texas and was wounded in a skirmish with Indians (1859), before returning to West Point as an instructor. The Virginian joined the Confederate army at the outbreak of the Civil War, rising from lieutenant to general in a single year. At Chancellorsville (1863), it was his cavalry reconnaissance that revealed the vulnerable right flank of the Union army, leading to one of the greatest Confederate victories of the war. Elected Governor of Virginia (1885-1893), he also authored a biography of Robert E. Lee (1894). Appointed by President Cleveland as Consul General in Havana, his dispatches on the situation in Cuba influenced the move toward war with Spain in 1898. Fitzhugh, who was appointed commander of the U.S. Army VII Corps, which occupied Cuba after the war, was buried in the blue uniform of the U.S. Army. Whatever the result of his flirtation with Miss Milner as reflected in this letter, it did not result in marriage. Lee married Ellen Fowler in 1871. Vertical and horizontal folds. ½-inch paper separation at each edge of lower horizontal fold. Upper horizontal fold crosses the "Lee" of signature. Otherwise, fine condition.

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