<br /> Lee Letter: g128

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Braxton Bragg

General,

Your letter of 8.45 A.M. enclosing various dispatches from Gen Beauregard, is just received. I directed Gen Hoke this morning, unless he should receive contrary orders from you, to cross the James River and report to Gen. Beauregard. I had a visit this morning from Col [Samuel R.] Paul aid de camp of Gen Beauregard, who stated among other things that the General was of opinion that if he had his original force, he would be able to hold his present lines in front of Gen Butler and at Petersburg. He is however particularly anxious to have Ransom’s brigade, which I believe is now at Chafin’s Bluff, and I doubt whether he will be satisfied or consider himself strong enough until he is ordered to him. I think therefore it had better be done. If Gracie’s brigade cannot be returned to that place, perhaps the locals under Gen Custis Lee might be able to hold it. But as long as this army remains in its front, I will endeavor to make it safe. I had determined to move this army back near the exterior line of defences near Richmond, but from the movements of the enemy’s cavalry this morning, and reports that have reached me, I do not wish to draw too far back. Unless therefore I am better satisfied, I shall remain where I am to-day, as the enemy’s plans do not seem to be settled. I am much grieved to hear of the death of Lt. Gen. Polk. 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. 128.