<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.

Notes:

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

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