<br /> Lee Letter: v065

Washington and Lee University

Sender: A. T. Bledsoe
Recipient: Robert E. Lee

My dear Sir,

You have under your command a descendent of George Washington, who is a private, in 2nd Howitzers, Cap – t. Watson, 1st Regt. of Va Artillery Jackson’s corps, in which company & capacity he has served for 20 months. He is the son of Mrs. Maupin, formerly Miss Sally Washington, & now the wife of Dr. Maupin, the chairmen of the faculty of the University of Va. He is most deserving young man, and has been, as I am told, a very exemplary soldier. I am sure there is no nobler woman than his mother. She is now in this city, and begs that her son may have a short furlough to visit her – otherwise she will be compelled to visit him at the camp. I very earnestly beg you will grant him a few days, if it is consistent with the public service; and, as soon as possible, as his mother will wait here to see him and to supply him with necessaries.

No man in the Confederacy has more greatly rejoiced in you great successes then

Your Obt. Servant & Friend

A. T. Bledsoe

Genl. R. E. Lee


Lee PapersUniversity of Virginia Archives

This document is written on stationary printed for the CSA War Department.

Lee’s response to this request was to forward it to General Stonewall Jackson with the following note on the reverse: “H – d qrs: 18 Feby 63 Resp – y referred to Genl Jackson – As I am always willing to encouage ‘exemplary soldiers’ I shall have no objection to grant a week or ten days furlough to the one in question, if recomm – d by Genl Jackson. R E Lee.” Following Lee’s note are seven other notes or endorsements by Confederate officers, including one of 18 February from Jackson’s aide-de-camp A. S. Pendleton to Watson, “whose attention is called to endorsement of Gen. R. L. Lee.” Other signatures on the endorsements include Colonel S. Crutchfield, Brigadier General W. N. Pendleton, Colonel W. H. Taylor, and Adjutant General Samuel Cooper. Watson’s leave was extended into late March.