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Headquarters Army of Northern Virginia,

January 9, 1865

Maj. Gen. Wade Hampton,

                        Commanding Cavalry Corps:

            General: I have received your letter of the 30th ultimo with regard to the organization of the cavalry. I think your plan of arming the different regiments of the brigades is the best which can be adopted with our limited supply of arms. If you think an order from me is necessary to have it carried into effect I can have it issued at once. The changes of arms should be, as far as practicable, from regiment to regiment in the same brigade or division. I will write to Colonel Gorgas with regard to the speedy importation of Enfield rifles and pistols. I will also appeal to the people to turn in all the cavalry arms in their possession. Colonel Baldwin, chief of ordnance, has from time to time collected cavalry arms from the various infantry commands. It would prevent in great measure the scattering of arms through the country to require each man who goes on a horse detail or furlough to turn in his carbine, saber, and pistol to the ordnance officer of his brigade. I hope by your efforts and through the cordial co-operation of the officers and men of your command the Cavalry Corps may be sufficiently well armed to meet the enemy with success in the next campaign.

                        I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,

RE Lee,




Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 46, Part 2, p 1028.

Transcribed by Daniel Shevalier, 2018 June 19

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