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Headquarters Army of Northern Virginia,

January 20, 1865

General S. Cooper,

                        Adjutant and Inspector General, Richmond, Va.:

            General: It is reported to me that in several instances in Cooke’s brigade in which officers have been recommended to be retired the papers forwarded have not been heard from for three, four, and even six months. This prevents the promotion of other officers, and is injurious to the efficiency of the army. Cases of proceedings of examining boards under General Orders, No. 94, Adjutant and Inspector General’s Office, series 1862, are also frequently delayed after transmission to the Department. I respectfully request that these evils be corrected; they are very prejudicial to the service. The system of examining boards is the only means we have of getting rid of inefficient officers; and I need not remind you of the importance of effecting this, and getting suitable successors to them, before active operations begin.

                        Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

RE Lee










Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 46, Part 2, p. 1110

Transcribed by Daniel Shevalier, 2018 June 20

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