<br /> Lee Letter: wl053

Washington and Lee University

Sender: T. U. St. John
Recipient: Robert E. Lee


Sometime during the fall I sent the original of the enclosed paper to Lexington – but having reason to apprehend some miscarriage, I now send duplicates requesting your attention to this principal fact attached in the statement of Col. Williams – and of my own – that the subsistence for the Army of No Va was collected at the leading railroad depots in Virginia and No. Ca. in quantities far beyond the power of the proper officers to transport. Please especially note that from no source, official and unofficial – either from your own Head Quarters or from the Secy of War, did any call or intimation ever come to the Commissary Dept. to prepare a depot at Amelia Court House.

It could readily have been done as late as the morning of April 14.

All this is in the past – I am now professionally engaged in the South West – far from you – And, as many of my friends, working hard for the simplest necessaries of life. Yet you are much in my thoughts as when you led us and guarded us; and from good opinions goes even farther with me than when official relations existed. For this reason, I am concerned that the enclosed report should meet your eye. With warmest wishes for your personal welfare, Very Respectfully

Yr. Obt. Servt

T. U. St. John


Robert E. Lee CollectionLeyburn Library, Washington and Lee University

Note on the verso: “T. U. St John Care of A. Fink Genl Supt L & N R. Rd Louisville, KY.”