<br /> Lee Letter: g133

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

Mr President

I have just recd your note of to-day – I directed Ransoms brigade this afternoon, if no contrary orders had been recd – , to report to Genl. Beauregard, & replaced it for the night by one of Longstreet’s – Genl G. W. C. Lee will repair to Chafins tomorrow at 3 A.M. with a portion of his command, leaving the Va: reserves to support the batteries at Bottoms bridge

I am much grieved at the death of Genl Polk. I am unable to recommend a successor – As much as I esteem & admire Genl Pendleton, I could not select him to command a corps in this army. I do not mean to say by that he is not competent, but from what I have seen of him, I do not know that he is – I can spare him, if in your good judgment, you decide he is the best available. I know nothing of the character of those officers you designate. As far as I do know some, I should think they would not answer. Major Genl Stewart I do not know – I regret I am unable to aid you, for I know the importance of selecting a proper officer.

Only the enemys Cavy, opposed us today & they were driven back on all the roads – If Genl Johnston would like Genl Ewell I would spare him. My own opinion is that Genl Es health is unequal to his duties, but he does not agree with me – Johnston knows & likes him, & I do the same.

Most truly & respy yours

R. E. Lee Genl.

Notes:

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

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 133.