Culpeper, Va., June 9, 1863.
I reviewed the cavalry of this section yesterday. It was a splendid sight. The men and horses looked well. They had recuperated since last fall. Stuart was in all his glory. Your sons and nephews are well and flourishing. The country here looks very green and pretty, notwithstanding the ravages of war. What a beautiful world God in His loving kindness to His creatures has given us! What a shame that men endowed with reason and knowledge of right should mar His gifts!
SOURCE: John William Jones, Life and Letters of Robert Edward Lee: Soldier and Man, p. 245