<br /> Lee Letter: g011

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

Mr President

I enclose you recent dispatches received from Genl. Stuart – They leave little doubt in my mind even as to the possibility of the truth of Genl. McClellans grand movement across the James river to Richmond. Such a movement on his part is hardly possible, but in the uncertainty as to whether they will be required in advance, I have determined to retain for the present in their present positions the commands of Magruder, Huger, D. H. Hill & Ransom – I shall probably myself go farther down the river in the course of the day, unless other information detains me here. I have the honor to be

Your obt. servt

R. E. Lee Genl.


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

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 11.