<br /> Lee Letter: g070

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

Mr President

I know of no Georgia Brigr to take command of the Cavy organized by Genl Cobb except Genl Iverson – I can spare him, but shall have to get a Brigadier to command the Louisiana Brigade, formerly Nicholls, now temporarily commanded by Genl Iverson – I presume Genl. Nicholls will never be able to take the field which I very much regret – It is considered by all the officers that there is no one in the brigade among the higher officers qualified for the command. To take a person from out of the brigade unless his qualifications justify it is apt to produce discontent. As far as I can judge Col Stafford of the 9th La. Hays brigade is the most suitable person. Genl. Hays who ought to know his Cols: best I am told is very decided in his preference to him over Cols: Forno & Penns the others that have been recommended. Gen. Early also speaks highly of Col Stafford He has seen him in battle & commends his gallantry and good management. I believe too he is the Senior Col. from La. in this army & has commanded Hays brigade in battle – Col. Penn is considered the better drill officer of the two & while Ewell’s corps was under command of Genl Hill, Geri Edwd Johnson, to whose division Nicholls brigade belongs applied for the appointment of Col Penn, but as it was not recommended by Genl Hill, & not being satisfied on the subject myself I refrained till now. It is herewith enclosed & also an unofficial note just recd from Gent. Ewell.

I am with great respect your obt svt

R. E. Lee. Genl.

Notes:

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

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 70.