<br /> Lee Letter: g167

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: James A. Seddon

Hon. J. A. Seddon Sec. of War.

Genl. Breckenridge reports that the Enemy attacked Saltville I on the 2nd. inst. and received a bloody repulse. They retired during the night in confusion apparently in the direction of Sandy River, leaving most of their dead and wounded in our hands. He is pursuing them. All our troops behaved well.

(Signed) R. E. Lee General.

[Endorsed] Official Copy John W. Riely, Asst. Adjt. Genl. Res. sub. to Genl. Bragg. A. & I. G. O. Octo. 4. 64. R.B. 1988 R. E. Lee Genl. Chaffin’s Bluff Octo. 4/64. Genl. Breckenridge reports enemy attacked Saltville on 2nd. & were repulsed. He is pursuing. Our troops behaved well. Recd. Hd. Qrs. A.C.S. Octo. 4. 64.

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

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 167.