<br /> Lee Letter: g100

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

To His Ex. Presdt. Davis,

I think Genl Grant is waiting for reinforcements. The 22nd a Corps under Augur and some artillery serving as infantry are arriving. The Chronicle of the 13th states that the 10 and 18 Corps . . . Richmond where they do no good to Genl Grant. The Forts around Washington and the Northern cities are being stripped of troops. The question is whether we shall fight the battle here or around Richmond. If the troops are obliged to be retained at Richmond I may be forced back.

(signed) R E Lee

[Endorsed] Copy Telegram Genl Lee Spotts C.H. May 18/64 May 19/64

Notes:

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

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 100.