<br /> Lee Letter: g006

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

Sir

A note just received from General Jackson this morning states that in consequence of the high water & mud, his command only reached Ashland last night. It was his purpose to resume his march this morning at 2.30. I fear from the operations of the enemy yesterday that our plan of operations has been discovered to them. It seemed to be his purpose, by his advance on our right yesterday, to discover whether our force on that front had been diminished. General Jackson writes that there was a movement on our extreme left beyond the Chickahominy. Our Cavalry pickets were driven in that direction, & the telegraph wire near Ashland was cut. I am most respy

Your obt servant

R. E. Lee Genl.

Notes:

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

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 6.