<br /> Lee Letter: g175

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

His Excellency Jefferson Davis.

Genl. Bragg reports his inability to subsist troops and his District exhausted. Expects in one day to consume supply of meat.

Can anything be done in the matter.

R. E. Lee

[Endorsed] Genl. R. E. Lee HeadQuarters Army No. Va. Dec. 22 1864. Telegram in cypher To Com. Genl. Can you not meet this necessity at once – as Wilmington is being threatened & may be attacked any time. Supplies are of the most importance there. J. A. S[eddon], S[ecretary of War]. 23d. Dec./64. Recd. Dec. 23 1864. The only meat available is about 40,000 pds. at Raleigh. The want of meat long impending is general. Respty. L. B. Northrup Dec. 23d./64 C[ommissary] G[eneral]. B. of S.A.G.V. 151 The quantity at Raleigh had better be ordered at once to Wilmington. 23 Dec./64. J. A. S[eddon], S[ecretary of War]. Ansd. to Genis. Lee and Bragg. 23 Dec./64.

Notes:

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

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 175.