May 10, 1863
Hon. James A. Seddon,
Secretary of War:
It becomes my melancholy duty to announce to you the death of General Jackson. He expired at 3.15 p. m. to-day. His body will be conveyed to Richmond in the train to-morrow, under charge of Major Pendleton, assistant adjutant-general. Please direct an escort of honor to meet it at the depot, and that sustainable arrangements be made for its disposition.
R. E. Lee,
Source: The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series 1, Vol. 25, Part 2, p. 791.
Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 May 10