<br /> Lee Letter: g064

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

Mr President

The difficulty of supplying a commander to Wilcox’s brigade provided he is promoted as has been recommended is not so easily overcome – The person best entitled and best qualified in my opinion is Col Forney of the 10th Alabama in that brigade – He is an officer of intelligence, energy and bravery and of long and faithful service. Unfortunately he is badly wounded and in the hands of the enemy. He was first wounded at the battle of Williamsburg in his arm. He had scarcely recovered from that when he was wounded in the same place at the battle of Gettysburg – He also received a wound in the other arm, this was comparatively slight though the ball struck him in the side – But he received a third wound in the foot which is represented as more serious breaking some of the bones – I fear therefore it will be a long time before he will be fit for duty – While I think it better to wait for the present and leave the brigade in command of a Junior Colonel now with it than to obtain a commander outside of it unless one of great excellence can be procured – I enclose a letter from Gen. A. P. Hill on the subject and ask your Excellency to exercise your judgment in the case.

I am with great respect You obt servt

R. E. Lee

Notes:

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

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 64.