<br /> Lee Letter: g137

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee to
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

Mr President

From information received last night it is pretty certain that Grant’s whole force has crossed to the South Side of the James River – Wilson’s division of cavalry crossed yesterday. I have ordered all the troops over towards Petersburg leaving the outer defences of Richmond in charge of Gen G. W. C. Lee to whom I have ordered Col. Gary’s command and several light batteries to report – Gen Wm F. Lee I have ordered to Petersburg with Barringer’s N.C. brigade leaving Chambliss to cooperate with Hampton if practicable in striking at Sheridan who is apparently making for the White House. If he cannot cooperate with Hampton I have ordered him to follow Gen. Wm F Lee to Petersburg. Gen Hampton will continue to watch Sheridan and endeavour to strike at him but if the latter escapes & takes transport at the White House Hampton is ordered to move as rapidly as possible for Petersburg. The enemy having transferred Wilsons division of Cavy to the S. Side obliges me to call over Genl W. F. Lee – Most respy

your obt servt

R. E. Lee

I go to Petersburg



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

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 137.