<br /> Lee Letter: v067

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: J. E. B. Stuart

General;

Major Andrews writes me that no move of importance took place on enemy’s right yesterday. Large numbers of the enemy are deserting – hiring Negroes to pilot them out, mostly going towards Blue ridge & Madison C.H. The outside picket of the enemy towards Madison C.H. from Culpeper is ¾ of a mile from Gaines Mill, (30 Cavalry) strong Infr picket on Sperryville pike 2 miles below Griffinsburg – yesterday, and all their moving seems to be towards Culpeper – There were yesterday still large encampments on the Sperryville pike – They (the enemy) say they intend to ” throw a large force to Madison C. H. to divert Lee’s front.” A regt of Cavalry was scouting toward James city this morning. I think the Fredericksburg flank movement the most probable – & the battle of Chancellorsville stands a good chance to be repeated – fought on change of front some what.

I had previously written to Mosby & while that now was their time for operating on the R.R. & that I certainly expected them to prevent the enemy’s using it, without keeping half the army to guard it. I have a regt near Madison C. H. & will keep the country towards the Blue ridge well watched – I have directed Major Gen Lee to communicate directly to you any important intelligence concerning the enemy – , and in case the enemy attempt a flank movement on Fredericksburg to do what he could to thwart & delay the enemy.

Mo Respectfully

J. E. B. Stuart
Major Gen

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Lee PapersUniversity of Virginia Archives

Although General Robert E. Lee is not addressed by name, it is assumed that this letter from Major Gen. J. E. B. Stuart was sent to General Lee. It was found in the papers of Lieutenant Colonel Charles Scott Venable in December 2001. Venable served continuously on General Lee’s staff from 23 June 1862 until the end of the war.