MS 166 Edmund McCaffray Collection


This collection contains correspondence and documents by and about Civil War General Robert E. Lee, his wife Mary Custis Lee, his nephew Fitzhugh Lee, and additional Civil War contemporaries. Content varies from updates on medical care to military requests for promotions and reimbursements, and spans from the height of the war in 1863 to post-Reconstruction in 1885. A selection of the letters focuses on Robert E. Lee's failing health in the months before he died in October 1870.