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Collection Reference Number GLC09257
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1848 
Title Robert E. Lee to Sidney Smith Lee after coming back from the Mexican War
Date 30 June 1848
Author Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward) (1807-1870)  
Recipient Lee, Sidney Smith  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Having returned from service in the Mexican War just a day before, Lee writes to his brother Sidney Smith Lee of his homecoming and other family news. "Here I am once again, my dear Smith, perfectly surrounded by this Mama & her precious children, who seem to devote themselves to staring at the furrows in my face and the white hairs in my head. It is not surprising that I am hardly recognizable to the young eyes around me perfectly unknown to the youngest. But some of the older ones gaze with astonishment & wonder & seem at a loss to reconcile what they see , to what was pictured in their imarginations - I find them too much grown & all well, & I have much cause for thankfulness & gratitude to that Good God, who has once more united us."
Subjects Religion  Children and Family  Mexican War  
People Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward) (1807-1870)  
Theme The Mexican War; Religion
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859