<br /> Lee Letter: g010

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

Mr. President

The enemy this morning was found to have abandoned his position which he held yesterday The heavy rain, his extended cavalry, & some infantry, succeeded in keeping from us this information until arrangements could be made to collect our troops in some force, which owing to the battle of yesterday reaching into the night & unfavorable day required some time – The cavalry is in pursuit. Genls. Longstreet & Jackson’s commands will be formed to follow him rapidly, while the main body of the army will maintain its position to-day, to take care of the wounded, bury the dead & collect stragglers – Owing to the conflicting reports as to the course the enemy has taken, I have deter mined to send Genis Holmes & Wise’s commands back to Drury’s & Chafins Bluffs respectively. Some reports state that a part of the enemy has crossed to the South side of James river with a view of joining Genl. Burnside. While from others it appears, he is fleeing down the north bank of the river, covered by his gun boats, to connect with his transports. I enclose you a note just received from Genl. Holmes – Can a good commander be procured for Walker’s brigade? I have the honor to be

Yr. obt svt

R. E. Lee Genl.

Notes:

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

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 10.