<br /> Lee Letter: g018

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

Sir,

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the letter of Col. Smith 49th Va. Regt referred to me by you.

In reply to a letter from Col. Smith to myself on the same subject, I informed him that I could not detach his regt. so as to give him an independent command, and that I could only gratify his wishes so far as to order his regt. to the army of Genl. Jackson as soon as an opportunity occurred. I have now written to Col. Smith informing him that I would attach his regt. to the brigade of Genl. Early, if that will meet his views. I deem it inexpedient to divide the army by creating independent commands especially at a time when we require the united efforts of all the forces we can collect at the principal points threatened by the enemy. Should you think it proper however to direct that his regiment be detached as an independent command, it will give me pleasure to carry out your wishes. I have the honor to be, Very respectfully

Your obt Servt.

R. E. Lee Genl. Comm.

Notes:

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

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 18.