<br /> Lee Letter: g026

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

Mr President

I send you herewith a letter written by A. A. Tomlinson an officer of the Federal Army, which was picked up on the road by which they had marched, & which contains some facts in relation to the battle near Cedar run which may be interesting & which shew how they regarded the issue of that engagement.

I would suggest, that as the letter is of wholly a private character, that no publicity be given to the name of the writer, though the facts could be made known if you deem fit for its publication would in all probability injure him without materially benefitting us – I am very respecty

Your obt svt

R. E. Lee Genl.

Notes:

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

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 26.