<br /> Lee Letter: g062

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

Mr President

I have the honour to recommend Brig. Gen. C. M. Wilcox to the command of the division lately under Gen. Pender – This division is composed of two brigades from N. Carolina under Genl Lane & Scales, one from So. Carolina (Gen. McGowan’s) and one from Georgia (Gen. Thomas’) – Gen Lane the senior brigadier of the division is not recommended for promotion – Gen Thomas the next in rank, a highly meritorious officer if promoted it is thought might create dissatisfaction. Gen. Wilcox is one of the oldest brigadiers in the service, a highly capable officer, has served from the commencement of the war and deserves promotion. Being an officer of the regular army he is properly assignable anywhere. I think it probable that some meritorious officers who have been on duty in Gen. Johnston’s Department may be without a command. If Gen. Stephen D. Lee is in this situation I would recommend that he be ordered to this army to take charge of Wilcox’s brigade in case of the latter’s promotion – Col. Flournoy of this brigade is represented as an excellent officer and worthy of promotion, but he is now absent badly wounded and it is said will not be fit for duty in six months. But for that, I should recommend him for promotion. Should Gen. S. D. Lee not be available, Col James Deshler of Alabama a graduate of the Military Academy and I believe, a good officer, might be obtained. I am with great respect Your oby servant

R. E. Lee Genl.

Notes:

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

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 62.