<br /> Lee Letter: g196

Washington and Lee University

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

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

Genl. R. Taylor telegraphs from Meridian, on the 28th., that the enemy has thrown a large force ashore on Eastern side of Mobile Bay, leaving nothing on West side. That he is ready to receive any attack he may make at Mobile. Enemy’s Cavalry from Florida coast has struck Montgomery Railroad at Evergreen. Raiding expeditions are advancing from North and Northeast Alabama towards Selma and Montgomery, and another threatening prairie region from Memphis. Genl. Taylor will endeavor to destroy these detached columns before they advance far into the county or unite. He will use his force in keeping open communications with Mobile, or in reopening them, if interrupted.

(Signed) R. E. Lee

[Endorsed] Genl. R. E. Lee Hd. Qrs. March 29. 1865. Copy telegram to Sec. of War. Reporting movements of Enemy about Mobile, and No. Alabama; and Genl. R. Taylor’s preparations to counteract them &c. Recd. Mar’ 29. 1865.

Notes:

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

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 196.