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January 19, 1865

General S. Cooper:

            General: With the approbation of the President, I apply for orders to send Butler’s division of cavalry (dismounted) to report to General Hardee for service during the winter in South Carolina, to be recalled by my order at such time as I may deem fit for operations here in the spring. I will have the horses foraged in North Carolina, and send General Hampton on to aid in mounting the men in South Carolina and placing them in the field. The Government has been requested to collect horses, which the men will buy at reasonable rates. Transportation has been furnished via Weldon, Wilmington, and Kingsville, and everything is ready.

                        I have the honor to be, your obedient servant,

RE Lee,








Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 46, Part 2, p. 1100

Transcribed by Daniel Shevalier, 2018 June 20

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