<br /> Lee Letter: g082

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis


I would beg to call your Excellency’s attention to the following cases, in which sentences of death have been passed and in which I, having suspended the execution of the sentences, have forwarded the proceedings with the recommendation that the sentences be remitted.

I would ask an early consideration of the cases in as much as in case the recommendations are concurred in, I am desirous of having the men returned to the army in time to take part in the approaching campaign.

Private James F. Haneycutt Co. A. 4th N.C. Regt, recommended on account of his extreme youth.

Private James Arnold Co. D. 50th Va. Regt. recommended on account of his previous character as a soldier, the cheerful discharge of his duty and gallantry, and of the circumstances developed on his trial.

Privates David Ramey, I. W. Ramey and S. H. Bothel of Co. K. and J. W. H. Ramey of G. all of the 12th S. C. Regiment in consideration of their former character as soldiers for gallantry and the faithful discharge of their duties – And in Private David Rameys case, further in consideration of his refusing to listen to the persuasions of his Uncle and quitting the party of deserters and returning to his duty, his extreme youth and the unanimous recommendation of the court.

Private Cyrus Drum Co. G. 38th N.C. Regt in consideration of the patriotic conduct of his wife, who declaring her reluctance to see him as a deserter, induced him to surrender himself the day after he reached his home.

Private Edmund M. Berry Co. H. 22nd N.C. Regt, In consideration of his character as an attentive, obedient and good soldier; his long service and his gallantry at Seven Pines, Mechanicsville, Gaines Mill, Frasiers Farm Malvern Hill and other battles.

Private S.C. Allred Co L. 22nd N.C. Regt, In consideration of his conspicuous gallantry, his general good conduct his voluntary surrender of himself, and the unanimous recommendation of the Court.

Private Peter Treffenstedt Co E 38th NC Regt. In consideration of his extreme youth, his good character as a soldier, his voluntary return to duty and the unanimous recommendation of the Court. I am with great respect

Your obt. servt.

R. E. Lee Genl.


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

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 82.