<br /> Lee Letter: g019

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

Mr President

I enclose a letter for your private perusal just recd from Genl Jackson. He seems to be in trouble about his Cavly Commander. The field of service will be too extended to be properly superintended by Genl Stuart, unless he is relieved from the command here. I cannot spare Genl Fitz Lee, as by so doing it will defeat the object of his promotion. Viz his services here. I have written to Jackson to know if there is any one in his Command that he would prefer to Robertson. Probably Jackson may expect too much, & Robertson may be preparing his men for service, which I have understood they much needed. With uninstructed officers, an undisciplined brigade of Cavl is no trifling undertaking & requires time to regulate – Please return me the enclosed letters – With high esteem

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. 19.