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Hdqrs. Department of Northern Virginia,

July 18, 1862

Maj. Gen. James Longstreet,

Commanding, &c.:


General: In reply to your letter of the 11th instant I have the honor to inform you that the Secretary of War has authorized me to comply with the request of Colonel Jenkins, as to retaining the regimental standard of the Sixteenth Michigan Regiment for presentation to the Governor of his State. You will please communicate this information to Colonel Jenkins, who is authorized to receive the colors for the purpose mentioned in your letter.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R E Lee,

General, Commanding




Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 11, Part 3, p. 644

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 October 31

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