Near Cartersville 29 July >65
My dear Revd Minnigerode
The accompg letter will give all the information I have of the interment of Col: Simmons. I regret I can give no clue to his grave.
I am very glad to hear of Mrs M=s improved condition & of Charlies progress to recovery. Please give both my warm congratulations & say best wishes for continued improvement. I am glad that Miss Sue is so skilled & efficient. The young soldier she is to marry will be doubly blessed. I trust you may be permitted to vist Mr Davis. It will be such a comfort & such a happiness to him. If you can, say to him that I have not words warm enough & strong enough to express the deep sympathy & constant solicitude I feel for him. And amidst all is the ditressing feeling that I can do nothing. I trust it may not always be so.
I hope all of our friends in Richmond are well. We think constantly of them. My daughter Agnes is very sick, having taken with fever a fortnight since. Mildred is her constant --?-- & has no one to relieve her but myself- Her mother cannot get to her room. Mary is in Staunton & Custis has been sick (Page 2) at Mrs. Cockes - I hope she is a little better but her disease is not vanguished. I wish we could see you sometimes. I do not know when I shall have that pleasure. I desire to write the history of the Campaigns in Va - But do not know whether I can do so. All my records, letters, actions, plans etc etc are lost or destroyed. To give a truthful history of the hardship services & heroism of the Army of N. Va: is now the only tribute I can pay to their valour & devotion
May God grant us his mercy and protection
Give much love to all your family
Very truly yours
R E Lee
Revd Chas: Minnigrode D. D.