<br /> Lee Letter: g037

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

Mr President

Before selecting a camp of refreshment for Genl Hamptons brigade, Genl Stuart was directed to cause an examination to be made to ascertain where forage could be procured. The object was to place it in a region containing forage, the consumption of which would not interfere with the supplies for the rest of the army. The Staff officer sent to Page Co. reports favourable. It is contiguous to Culpeper, but one County intervening, has not been occupied by troops & the consumption of the forage there does not affect the supply for the main army. The brigade is relieved from duty at present. I should think the horses would recuperate sooner than if sent at this time to N.C. Corn can be procured in Eastern N.C. but the chief Q Mr of the Army informs me long forage is scarce. Genl Hampton’s brigade was originally assigned to duty in Culpeper because it was the most important line – It was the largest brigade & he was the Senior Brigr – There has been great scarcity of forage in the whole army, & it requires the greatest care of officers & men to keep the horses in condition. The horses in best condition in the Army are those of Genl W E Jones in the Shenandoah Valley – It is my great desire to recuperate the Cave & if I know where in Eastern N.C. Hamptons brigade could be better provided, would gladly send it there. It will not be more than a month before it will be again wanted. Fitz Lee’s brigade is on the upper Rappk & Wm. F. Lees on the lower. I am with great respect

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. 37.