<br /> Lee Letter: g090

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

Mr President

The advance of the Army of the Potomac seems to be delayed for some reason. It appears to be prepared for movement but is probably waiting for its cooperative columns. The signal officer on Clarke’s Mt: reported in the forenoon of yesterday that a brigade of Cavy, with a few ambulances was moving on the Germana ford road. Gen Fitz Lee who has two brigades of Cavy in the vicinity of Fredg was notified to attend them, Chambliss’ brigade was moved down the plank road to within four miles of the Wilderness tavern, & Genl R. Johnston at the Junction placed on his guard. At night the picket at Germana reported the enemy at Elys ford, but did not know in what force. This morg I learn that they had not crossed, but were at the river. Their object is not yet discovered. The delay of the enemy I hope will give us grass sufficient to get our troops together. The Cavy is halted near Fredg for the benefit of grazing on the river lands. I have brought the Arty nearer the front.

I telegraphed to your Excy yesterday to know whether if the enemy remained quiet & the weather favourable this week, it would be convenient for you to visit the Army. It would be very gratifying to the troops & I hope pleasing to your Excy. With great respect

Your obt servt.

R. E. Lee Genl.

Notes:

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

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 90.