<br /> Lee Letter: g126

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

Mr. President

As far as I can judge from the information I have received, Gen. Grant has moved his army to James River in the vicinity of Westover. A portion of it I am told moved to Wilcox’s landing, a short distance below. I see no indications of his attacking me on this side of the River, though of course I cannot know positively. As his facilities for crossing the River and taking possession of Petersburg are great, and as I think it will more probably be his plan, I have sent Gen Hoke with his command to a point above Drewry’s Bluff in easy distance of the first Pontoon Bridge above that place. He will execute any orders You may send to him there. I cannot judge now whether he should move at once to the other side of the River, but think it prudent that he should be in position to do so when required. From my present information Gen. Grant crossed his army at several points below Long Bridge, and moved directly towards James River, sending a force in this direction to guard the roads so as to make it impracticable for us to reach him. Very respectfully

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. 126.