<br /> Lee Letter: g075

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Samuel Cooper

To Genl. S. Cooper

On the 30th. ulto. Genl. Rosser captured a train of ninety three (93) wagons loaded with Commissary stores & forage on way from New Creek to Petersburg, three hundred (300) miles, twenty prisoners. The Guard of eight hundred (800) Infantry escaped to the mountains. Our loss twenty five (25) killed & wounded. Information of the advance upon Petersburg having been received the Garrison evacuated it during the night. On the 2d. Rosser destroyed the bridge over Patterson Creek & North Branch of Potomac & Canal, and captured forty prisoners, Two hundred and seventy prisoners, fifty wagons and teams twelve hundred (1200) cattle & five hundred (500) sheep have been brought off. Genl. Rosser has shown great energy and skill, and his command deserves great credit.

R. E. Lee

[Endorsed] Official copy of telegram received and respy submitted to the President. Jno Withers, Asst. Adjt. Genl. Genl. R. E. Lee Tel. to A. & I. G. Orange C.H. Feby. 6/64. Captures by Genl. Rosser’s Brigade in N. Va. Recd. Feby. 6/64.

Notes:

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

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 75.