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Folder includes background information on Louisa Fontaine (Washington) Chew and her father John A. Washington, III and transcriptions of the letters.
Robert E. Lee sends to Louisa Washington her father's final hand written reconnaisance dispatch from moments before he was killed on September 13, 1865. In the accompanying letter, Lee shares that he had kept the dispatch with him for the entire war. The original dispatch describing his location and that of the Federal soldiers in the vicinity and his plan of action is written on a small memo book page. It is signed by Washington and docketed by Lee.