Executive Department C.S.A.,

Richmond, Va., January 16, 1864.


General R. E. Lee,

Commanding Army of Northern Virginia:

General: The President has received your letter of the 13th instant, and desires me to say in reply that he will do all in his power to carry out your views in reference to the proper distribution of conscripts. Some change in the law may be necessary, but whatever can be accomplished by regulation will be done at once.

His Excellency will be glad to have your opinion fully upon the subject of the reorganization of the troops in Western Virginia, and your assistance in selecting a commander for them.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. W. C. Lee,

Colonel and Aide-de-Camp




Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 33, pp. 1091-1092

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2021 November 21