<br /> Lee Letter: g020

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

Mr President

In communicating to Genl McClellan your instructions to me relative to alleged murders Committed, on our citizens by officers of the U.S. Army, in the cases of Wm B. Munford & Col: John Owen &c &c, & in relation to the cartel for a general exchange of prisoners [&]c, would it be proper, or is it your desire, for me to send the copies of those papers, or shall I embody their contents in a letter from myself –

The reason I ask is, if the papers sent me are frwd they may carry mine aright. But there may be objections to this course.

I am with great respect

R. E. Lee Genl.


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

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 20.