Head Quarters Cavalry Corps
Army of Northern Virginia
December 17th 1863
I send for you to read and then return to me a letter from Col Funsten. I think it will satisfy you that Lt Col G. had better go to Wheeler, such Snarls are getting up all the time, with him, but have not yet obtained in the case of Venable who is quite as thorough in his inspection. Wheeler is entitled to him, let him go. He will never get over his Jack shop1 scrape every soldier will yell “Jack shop” at him. I approved his assignment to me supposing he had Wheelers sanction, but it appears not.
Funsten’s letter is improper & will be returned but you see the animus. existing.
P.S. Quarles sends the allum. He quarles having gotten on several sprees was yesterday discharged.
Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 8, M2009.307
Transcribed by Caitlin Connelly, 2016 July 13
1. Battle of Jack’s Shop, fought on 1863 September 21 in Madison, VA.