Richmond, VA., August 19, 1862.

General R. E. Lee, Gordonsville, Va.:


We heard yesterday that three brigades were moving from Massaponax Church toward the railroad; this morning the report is contradicted. Have you anything later or more reliable? Our last accounts represent McClellan as moving toward the White House. Until his movement develops we propose to retain Hill and McClaws. What do you think of it? State at what hour your dispatches are sent and I will do the same.

G. W. Randolph,

Secretary of War.


Source: The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series 1, Vol. 12, Part 3, pp. 936-937


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 August 18