<br /> Lee Letter: g132

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

Mr. President,

I omitted to mention in my note just written the importance of warning our papers not to allude even by implication to the movements of our troops. I have just learned that the correspondent of the Inquirer is aware of Gen. Early’s movements but had written to his paper not to publish it. As secrecy is an important element of Gen. Early’s expedition, I beg that your Excellency will cause notice to be sent to all the newspapers not to allude to any movement, by insinuation or otherwise. Of course it will not do to particularize that movement, as it may not be known I think it would be well to charge the Telegraph operators not to forward a dispatch referring in any way to Army movements.

Very respy Your obt servt

R. E. Lee Gl.

Notes:

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

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 132.