<br /> Lee Letter: g005

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

His Excel Pres: Davis

I really do not know enough about Wm D. Smith to speak of his qualifications, or to say whether he would answer for the position – He must know but little of Coast defense. If Huger will answer send him – Gen. R. H. Anderson can replace him – There was an attack upon Hugers lines this more & he was absent I am told – Not at his qrs: this more I have just sent him an order to take his position with his troops & to remain with them.

Very respy

R. E. Lee Genl.

Notes:

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

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 5.