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The Lee Family Digital Archive is the largest online source for primary source materials concerning the Lee family of Virginia. It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online. We are always looking for new letters, diaries, and books to add to our website. Do you have a rare item that you would like to donate or share with us? If so, please contact our curator, Colin Woodward, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



Hdqrs: Richmond, 21 May ’62


Genl J. E. Johnston

Commg Army of N. Virga




            The President desires to know the number of troops around Richmond, how they are posted and the organization of the divisions and brigades; also the programme of operations which you propose. The information relative to the composition & position of your Army can readily be furnished, but your plan of operations dependant upon circumstances perhaps yet to be developed may not be so easily explained nor may it be prudent to commit it to paper.

            I would therefore respectfully suggest that you communicate your view on this subject pursuant to the President which perhaps would be more Convenient to you Satisfactory to him.

I have the honor to be your Obtservt,





Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 3, M2009.284, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall.


Transcription revised by Colin Woodward, 2015 September 15


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