<br /> Lee Letter: g004

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis


I regret that I did not see you when you called this afternoon – I was called to the Williamsburg Road where some heavy skirmishing was going on most of the day. One of the brigades, (Gen. Ransom’s) was new which rendered me more anxious of the result – The general behaviour of the troops was good, but the affair on the whole was not well managed. This has caused me some anxiety – The enemy however was driven back from his advanced position. I have determined to make no change in the plan – I have ordered Genl. Huger to hold his lines at all hazards, and to advance if possible, making to-night every preparation to meet any attack of the enemy in the morning should he move against him – I have the honour to be

Very respectfully Yours

R. E. Lee, Genl


W. J. De Renne CollectionWormsloe, Chatham County, Georgia (1914)

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 4.