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Camp, Meadow Bluff, Virginia,

September 23, 1861.

General Henry A. Wise, Commanding:

            Sir: I have just received your dispatch of this date, saying that the enemy has occupied Sewell Mountain in full force. It is difficult, without knowing more of the facts in the case, to suggest what is your best course. It will depend upon the force against you and your force-power to withstand it. If you cannot resist it, and are able to withdraw your command, you had best do so. At any rate, send to the rear all your incumbrances. It is reported that this evening that the enemy is coming from Sunday road, by Nichol’s Mill, to the Wilderness road. Should that prove true, General Floyd cannot advance to your aid, but may have to retire. The presence of the enemy before you may be a feint to keep you in position while they advance by other roads to the rear of General Floyd. If you find that out and cannot disperse them, retire at once. As soon as anything reliable can be ascertained of the reported movements of the enemy on the Wilderness road you will be informed. Colonel Croghan, with his cavalry, has gone on the old State and Chestnutburg roads, to ascertain if there are any movements of the enemy there.

                        Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

RE Lee,

General, Commanding



Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 5, p. 874

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 August 2

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