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Richmond, Va., March 17, 1862.

General T. H. Holmes,

                        Commanding Aquia District, Fredericksburg, Va.:

            General: Your letter of the 17th instant has been received. Should General Johnston have selected no place for the depot on your line, I would designate the junction of the Central and Richmond and Fredericksburg Railroads as a convenient position to which to send back your surplus stores. A portion of these stores by railroad could from this point, if required, be sent to General Johnston’s army, for which, I understand from your letter, they were originally intended. Some shelter could doubtless be procured at the Junction and other provided. In my former letter, on the subject of drawing stores from the exposed country in your front, it was intended to draw your attention to the matter if stores were required. It was not intended for you to accumulate more than you could consume or take care of, and was based upon the supposition that you could hold the line of the Rappahannock. If that line cannot be held, it alters the case. You must therefore follow your good judgment.

                        Very respectfully &c.,

RE Lee

General, Commanding.





Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 5, pp. 1104-5

Transcribed by Daniel Shevalier, 2018 June 14

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