Headquarters Army of Northern Virginia,
March 23, 1863
Brig. Gen. W. E. Jones,
Commanding Valley District:
General: Your letter of March 16, adverting to the omission of your expedition to Moorefield in the General Orders announcing the successes of the cavalry in the winter months has been received. I regret the omission very much. It was not from any want of appreciation of the services of your command, but was entirely accidental. When your letter arrived announcing the results of your expedition, I forwarded it to the Department, with my commendation indorsed upon it, and when I came to write the order, it escaped my memory. In fact, the order was prepared from very imperfect notes in many instances, and much which was commendable passed unrecorded.
I desire steps to be taken to make portable bake-ovens for the use of the army, on the model of the captured one. The regiments now using it could spare it, perhaps, until it could be sent to Richmond and a model made, or it may be better to have a model made in camp.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
R E Lee
Source: The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series 1, Volume 25, Part 2, pp. 682-683
Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 September 27