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Headquarters Army of Northern Virginia,

October 14, 1864.

Hon. Secretary of War,

Richmond:

Sir: I have the honor to transmit two communications addressed to me by His Excellency Governor Smith, which I think should rather have been sent to the Department in the first instance. I also forward copies of my replies. These letters require no explanation and are respectfully submitted for such action as you may deem proper. My own views of the subject are sufficiently indicated in my letters to Governor Smith and I will not trouble you with a repetition of them.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. E. Lee,

General.

Source: The War of the Rebellion: The Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series 1, Vol. 43, part 2, p. 893.

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 March 25

[First indorsement.]

October 17, 1864

Respectfully submitted for the consideration of the President. I have no recommendation to make of any change of commander.

                   J. A. Seddon,

                   Secretary

 

 

 

Source: The War of the Rebellion: The Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series 1, Vol. 43, Part 2, p. 893.

 

 

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 March 25

[Second indorsement.]

October 18, 1864.

Respectfully returned to the Secretary of War.

With less opportunity to learn all the facts than General Lee possessed, I had reached the conclusion which he expresses in regard to the campaign of General Early. With the knowledge acquired after the events it is usually easy to point out modes which would have been better than those adopted. General Early no doubt could, in many instances, show wherein he might have changed his operations to advantage, but this does not prove that another would have foreseen what he did not. A gallant officer, who was with General Early in all his movements until the battle of Winchester, in which he was wounded, has given me a very favorable account of his conduct as a commander, and certainly differs very decidedly from the correspondent of the Governor as to the estimate in which General Early is held by the troops of his command.

Jeff’n Davis

Source: The War of the Rebellion: The Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series 1, Vol. 43, Part 2, p. 893.

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 March 25

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