<br /> Lee Letter: g016

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

Mr President

I have read with care the telegram signed J. Walker from Hanover Junction – His statements differ from those of two spies (Texans) who arrived from Washington to-day – These say that Pope with the greater portion of his forces is at Warrenton; that there are but three Regiments of infantry about Fredericksburg, (at Falmouth) the cavalry being on this side the river. They estimate Pope’s force at about thirty five thousand men, and report about eight thousand men in Washington and Alexandria, – and further that seven heavy guns of the fourteen commanding the approaches to the Long Bridge, have been sent to McLellan since he reached James River. I have the honour to be with the highest respect

Your obt servant

R. E. Lee Genl.


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

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 16.