<br /> Lee Letter: g051

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

To His Excellency Prest. Davis

I gave Geni Hill Discretionary orders from Richmond to apportion his force to the strength of Enemy and send what could be spared. He declined to act and requested positive orders. I gave such orders as I could at this distance. Now he objects. I cannot operate in this manner. I request you to cause such orders to be given him as your judgment dictates. I Pickett has no Brigade in place of Jenkin’s so Genl Longstreet reports. Genl Hill has retained one Regt. from Pettigrew and one from Daniels.

R. E. Lee

[Endorsed] 89/267 D A May 29/63 Genl R. E. Lee

Notes:

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

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 51.