<br /> Lee Letter: g056

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

To Jeff. Davis Presdt.

After remaining at Hagerstown long enough to cause the enemy to concentrate his forces in that vicinity and finding he was fortifying himself in his position I thought it advisable in the present uncertain stage of the river to withdraw the army to the south side of the Potomac which was done last night without molestation. We should have nothing to regret had not Genl Pettigrew received a severe wound in a feeble attack of the enemy’s cavalry upon our rear guard as he was being withdrawn this morning across the river.

R. E. Lee.

94/collect 376 CV.

[Endorsed] July 14th. 1863. Genl. R. E. Lee Near Martinsburg, Va.

Notes:

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

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 56.