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Orange Court-House, January 8, 1864

General J. A. Early:

Dispatch of to-day received. I wish you to secure all provisions and stores for army you can. After that is done troops can return to former camps by easy marches, or be made comfortable where they are during this cold weather. Valley companies can go home for ten days and recruit; not to go in lower valley. I would suggest as the best route by Mount Crawford, through Brown’s Gap. Rosser’s brigade will encamp near Port Republic.

R. E. Lee,





Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 33, p. 1074

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2021 November 8

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