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Chaffin’s Bluff, October 12, 1864.

General J. C. Breckinridge:

Dispatch of 11th received. If Cosby and Giltner can be spared send them to Early. Send Prentice’s battalion to Richmond. Retain sufficient force to protect the country and manage deserters, &c. The regiments of McCausland, Johnson’s (late Jones’) brigade, had better be sent to Early in place of Vaughan’s sent to you.

R. E. Lee








Source: The War of the Rebellion: The Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series 1, Vol. 43, Part 2, p. 892.




Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 March 25

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