May 11, 1863
You will have heard of the death of General Jackson. It is a terrible loss. I do not know how to replace him. Any victory would be dear at such a cost. But God's will be done. . . .
SOURCES: John William Jones, Life and Letters of Robert Edward Lee: Soldier and Man, p. 242; For a full transcription of this letter see Clifford Dowdey and Louis H. Manarin, Editors, The Wartime Papers of R. L. Lee, p. 484