<br /> Lee Letter: g153

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

Mr. President

As I have felt some anxiety as to the position of the 9th corps from the various reports concerning it, I directed that the pickets along our lines should be directed to capture a prisoner along their front. Genl Hill has just come in to report that one from the 2nd corps was brought in to him last night. He was a New Yorker, sharp & shrewd, from whom but little could be gained. But he had on his person a diary kept by himself & brought up to the 5th Inst. It was there recorded under date of the 4th Inst. that he had with a Comrade that day passed through the 9th & 5th corps visiting certain friends &c – This would seem to be good evidence – that the 9th corps is present before Petersburg. With great respect

your obt servt.

R. E. Lee Genl.


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

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 153.