<br /> Lee Letter: g183

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

Mr President

I have just reed the copy of the dispatch of the 20th from Genl Hardee, which you did me the honour to send to me, in reference to his holding the city of Charleston. It would certainly be of great importance to hold the City in every point of view, but if it cannot be held successfully, it had better be evacuated. As to the requisite means Genl Hardee must judge. By contesting the advance of the enemy, collecting all the men in Georgia & S.C. his approach may be retarded, till the arrival of Genl Beauregard with forces from Hoods army.

Very respy 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. 183.