Culpeper, June 9, 1863
His Excellency Jefferson Davis:
Cooke had better be advanced to Hanover Junction, and Jenkins to the Chickahominy. Corse is ordered to join Pickett. Enemy crossed the Rappahannock at Beverly Ford—cavalry, infantry, and artillery—in large force this morning.
Prisoners from two corps have been captured this side of the river. Two other corps are reported to be advancing north of the Rappahannock.
R. E. Lee
Referred to Adjutant and Inspector General for communication, as advised, to be made to General D. H. Hill in reference to Jenkins, and orders in relation to Cooke’s brigade.
J. D. [Davis.]
Source: The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series 1, Vol. 27, Part 3, p. 874.
Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 June 9