Chaffin’s Bluff, October 12, 1864.
General J. C. Breckinridge:
Dispatch of 11th received. If Cosby and Giltner can be spared send them to Early. Send Prentice’s battalion to Richmond. Retain sufficient force to protect the country and manage deserters, &c. The regiments of McCausland, Johnson’s (late Jones’) brigade, had better be sent to Early in place of Vaughan’s sent to you.
R. E. Lee
Source: The War of the Rebellion: The Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series 1, Vol. 43, Part 2, p. 892.
Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 March 25