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Valley Mountain, Va., August 8, 1861.

General Henry A. Wise,

Commanding Wise’s Legion, White Sulphur Springs, Va.:


GENERAL: I have just received your letters of the 6th and 7th instant, and am glad to learn that General Floyd is moving on to Lewisburg. In regard to the request to separate the commands of General Floyd and yourself, and to assign to each respective fields of action, it would, in my opinion, be contrary to the purpose of the President, and destroy the prospect of the success of the campaign in Kanawha District. Our enemy is so strong at all points that we can only hope to give him an effective blow by a concentration of our forces, and, that this may be done surely and rapidly, their movements and actions must be controlled by one head. I hope, therefore, that, as soon as your command can move forward, in the preparation for which I feel assured no time will be lost, you will join General Floyd, and take that part in the campaign which may be assigned your brigade.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R E Lee

General, Commanding



Source: The War of the Rebellion: Series 1, Volume 5, p. 774.


Transcribed by Katie Hall, 2018 May 31


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