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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 editor, Colin Woodward, at  (804) 493-1940, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



Headquarters Army of Northern Virginia,

Camp near Culpeper Court-House, November 15, 1862


General S. Cooper,

Adjutant and Inspector General, Richmond, Va.:


General: I inclose here with a copy of Special Orders, No. 243, from these headquarters.

From Paragraphs VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, and XII, you will see that the number of men required from this army have been detailed to work as shoemakers, and ordered to report to the Quartermaster’s Department for duty at the several points in this department specified in the circular of the Quartermaster-General. One hundred men were required for Richmond. Ninety are detailed from Lieutenant-General Longstreet’s corps, and the remaining 10 will come from the command under Maj. Gen. G. W. Smith, double that number of applications having been received from the Quartermaster’s Department and from individuals for the detail of men in his command, and it is presumed he can supply the 10 wanted to complete the number for Richmond. For Petersburg, Danville, Lynchburg, and Staunton the number asked for have been detailed. In addition to these, you will perceive from the same order that 12 men, who were applied for by Maj. F. W. Dillard, assistant quartermaster at Columbus, Ga., have been ordered to report to him at that place for the same duty. I herewith return Major Dillard’s letters, as they contain the names of several men not in this army. I also return, disapproved, one or two applications of the same character received from your office, and refer you to the indorsements thereon for the reasons of the disapproval. I hope that this large detail will be sufficient to supply the wants of the Quartermaster’s Department, for I cannot recommend that any more be made from this army, which is already so reduced by details of various characters as seriously to impair its efficiency.

I am, most respectfully, your obedient servant,

R E Lee





Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 21, pp. 1012-1013

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 November 20

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