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Richmond, Va., January 18, 1865

General R. E. Lee,

                        Hdqrs. Army of Northern Virginia:

            It has been reported to me that you had changed your opinion in regard to the extension of your command while retaining command of the Army of Northern Virginia. I therefore renew to you the proposition that you should exercise command over the Southern Atlantic States, together with Virginia and North Carolina, and now offer the larger sphere of all the forces east of the Mississippi river; or, if you think it practicable, that you should resume your former position of commander of all the armies of the Confederate States, with the addition of the immediate command of the Army of Northern Virginia.

            Very respectfully and truly, yours, &c.,

Jefferson Davis.






Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 46, Part 2, p. 1091

Transcribed by Daniel Shevalier, 2018 June 20

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