<br /> Lee Letter: g015

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis


I have had the honour to receive your letter of today in reference to the disposition of the Louisiana troops. In accordance with what I understood to be your wishes yesterday I had directed the 5t – 6t – 7t – 8t & 14t regts; Wheats Battn & Gerardeys field battery to constitute the brigade under Genl Taylor with Jackson. If Huger is promoted a Brigadier & Genl. Taylor detached, it will accord with the views of your letter to-day – The 1st 2nd & lot regts; the Zouave Chasseurs Col: Coppens the 3rd battn Col: Pendleton to constitute the brigade in this Army under such officer as you may appoint – I shall assign it to the division of Genl McLaws.

In regard to sending at once the 10th regt: to La: that you must direct as you judge best. I think though agreeable to the regt: it will create dissatisfaction with those that remain, & establish in other regts: a precedent for granting their claims to return home which have not been recognized. It will also diminish the strength of this army by 607 good men.

In regard to detaching Genl. Taylor, his presence in La; will no doubt hasten the enrolment & expedite the recruiting of regts: If it should establish his own health, it will be an additional benefit to the service. I would therefore on the latter ground alone recommend it. The remnant of Wheats batty had better be placed under Capt. Atkins

If you have any other directions to give on this subject please state them. I am most respy 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. 15.