<br /> Lee Letter: g120

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

Mr. President

I have reed your note – in answer to mine by Col Venable Genl. Wharton has his command already to move with provisions for two days, ammunition &c. I am awaiting information for which you have written & which I hope will decide the question of his going or not satisfactorily – Gl Breckenridge I think ought to go at all events if able – He can do a great deal personally in rallying the troops & people – Genl Wharton may have time to get there to assist in beating Hunter & then return to us – I agree with you in thinking that we require here every man we can get – Genl Grant is withdrawing from his right & extending to his left towards the Chickahominy – Gl Early with Ewells corps is advancing down our front to try to attack the enemy in flank, but reports that in consequence of the nature of the country & the labyrinth of fortifications made by the enemy it is almost impossible to get along – I shall make every effort to strike at him, but fear that his usual precautions will prevent unless I undertake to assault his fortifications which I desire to avoid if possible. I am with high respect

Your obt servt.

R. E. Lee


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

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 120.