<br /> Lee Letter: g014

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

Sir,

In reference to my conversation with you when I had last the honour of seeing you, should Genl R. H. Anderson be promoted as then recommended, I would respectfully recommend Col: M. Jenkins to be made Brigadier General in his place. Col Jenkins has been repeatedly recommended for promotion by officers with whom he has served, and his conduct at the battle of the Seven Pines, was worthy of all commendation. He has also in the recent battles, shown great skill. Since the battle of the Seven Pines, four Colonels junior to him have been appointed Brigadier Generals, I would therefore suggest if practicable, that Col. Jenkin’s promotion be dated from the battle of the Seven Pines, 31st May, so as to restore him to his relative rank. I have the honor to be With high respect

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. 14.