<br /> Lee Letter: g212

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

Mr President

I recd to night your letter of the 3rd Inst: giving Copies of three telegrams from Genl Beauregard at Augusta & your reply. I do not think it possible to send more reinforcements from here under present circumstances, nor do I believe they can be furnished from N.C. As Genl Beauregard can only rely upon the forces in his Dept: unless Columbia offers better ground, than any other spot, I see no advantage in concentrating his troops there than at Branchville, or some more advanced point to Confront the enemy. Everything should be brought from Charleston & elsewhere & every effort made to defeat Sherman whenever he can be struck to most advantage I am with great respect

Your Obt Sevt

R E Lee Genl


Robert Edward Lee PapersDuke University Library

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 212.