<br /> Lee Letter: g191

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: John C. Breckinridge

Hon. J. C. Breckenridge, Secy. of War.

Genl. Vaughan reports this morning “that Thomas is at Knoxville, that three regiments and some negro troops are repairing the East Tennessee Railroad, and that enemy have commenced their advance.”

Genl. J. E. Johnston, at 9.20 A.M., at Bentonville, reports: “that he is removing his wounded to Smithfield; – the enemy’s entrenched position and greatly superior numbers, Sherman’s army being in our front, make further offensive movements impracticable.”

R. E. Lee

[Endorsed] Respectfully submitted for the information of the President By order J. A. Campbell Asst. Secy. of War. Mar 22/65.

Notes:

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

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 191.