<br /> Lee Letter: g135

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

Mr. President

For some few days back we have been only able to get sufficient corn for our animals from day to day – Any accident to the railroads would cut short our supplies. I directed Col Corley to make this representation to the Qr Mr Genl to-day: he has returned & says Genl Lawton is doing everything he can, but cannot provide more than about 2000 bushels per day. We require 3200 bushels daily for all our animals – I think it is clear that the railroads are not working energetically & unless some improvement is made, I do not know what will become of us – I am therefore obliged to appeal to your Excellency as reluctant as I am to trespass upon your time & attention. I beg that every exertion may be made, not only to supply our daily wants, but to lay up something for future use – Our existence depends upon every ones exerting themselves at this time to the utmost – I am with great respect

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. 135.