Confederate States of America

War Department

Richmond June 10th 1863



You are hereby informed that the President has appointed you



IN THE ARMY OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES You are requested to signify your acceptance or non-acceptance of said appointment: and should you accept you will sign before a magistrate, the oath of office herewith, and forward the same with your letter of acceptance to this Department.


James A. Seddon

Secretary of War


Cadet Robert E. Lee Jr.

C. S. Army





Source: Transcribed from photocopy of original letter, DeButtss-Ely Collection of Lee Papers, Library of Congress

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 November 7