<br /> Lee Letter: g208

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

Mr President,

I have just received your note of today informing me that the bill has passed permitting assignment to temporary rank. I regret that Col Terrill cannot be nominated to the command of Pegram’s brigade. In the attack last night, he was either killed or left wounded in the hands of the enemy. Col E[dward] Willis of Ga whom I had assigned yesterday to the command of the brigade, was mortally wounded, and I understand has since died. At present I can name no one to you to fill the vacancy in this brigade, but hope to do so tomorrow.

I request that Ramseur be promoted temporarily to the command of Early’s division. I will send in the name of an officer tomorrow to command Ramseur’s brigade.

Before leaving Orange C. House I recommended that Gen Kershaw should be promoted to the permanent command of McLaws’ division. I consider him a better commander & wish to retain him. He has done well in every fight, is prompt, quick and bold. If this request cannot be complied with, I desire that he be advanced to the temporary command.

Col Keitt’s regt having been assigned to Kershaw’s brigade, he will be the ranking officer. I think he had better exercise the command some time before any appointment is made for the brigade.

I am now separated from the papers connected with this subject, and can only refer you to such recommendations as I have already made, and must defer making others until tomorrow.

The firing along the lines today has been unimportant.

Very respy Your obt servt

R E Lee Genl

P.S. I did not include Gen Early among those to be promoted, as you stated that you had directed him to be nominated.



Robert Edward Lee PapersDuke University Library

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 208.