Amelia Ct House
4 Apl ’65
To the Citizens of Amelia Co:
The Army of N. Va has arrived here to day expecting to find plenty of provisions, which had been ordered to be placed here by R.R. Several days Since. But to my great Surprize & regret I find not a pound of subs for man or horse. I must therefore appeal to your generosity & charity to supply as far as each one is able the wants of the brave soldiers who have battled for your liberty for four years. We require meat, beef cattle, sheep, hogs, flour, meal, Corn & provender in any quantities that can be spared. The QrMr & Comms of the army will visit you & make an arrangements to pay for what they receive, or give the proper vouchers or certificates. I feel assured that all will give to the extent of their means.
R E Lee
Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 4, M2009.289, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall
Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 September 18