<br /> Lee Letter: w190

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

President Davis;

The army achieved today on the plains of Manassas a signal victory over the combined forces of Genls McClellan & Pope. Battles of 28 & 29 each wing under Genls Jackson & Longstreet repulsed with valor, attacks made on them separately. We mourn the loss of gallant dead in every conflict. Yet our gratitude to Almighty God for His Mercies, rise higher each day. WHim & the valor of our troops, a nations gratitude is due.

(Signed) R E Lee

Message of the President: –

I have the gratification of presenting to Congress, the dispatches of Genl Lee commanding the Army of Northern VA., communicating the result of the operations to the north of the Rappahannock line. From these dispatches it will be seen that GOD has again extended His Shield over our patriotic army & has blessed the cause of the Confederacy with a second signal victory on the fields already made memorable by the gallant achievement of our troops.

Too much praise cannot be bestowed upon the skill and daring of the Commanding General who conceived, or the valor & hardihood of the troops who executed this brilliant movement, whose results we have communicated.

After being driven from their entrenchments an army superior in number & relieved from siege the city of Richmond as heretofore communicated, our time-worn troops advanced to meet another invading army reinforced, not only by the defeated forces of Genl McClellan, but by fresh troops of Burnside & Hunter.

After forced marches, with inadequate transportation and, across streams to unusual heights, by repeated combat, they turned the position of the enemy, & forming the junction of their columns in the face of greatly superior forces, they fought the decisive battle of the 30th, the crowning triumph of their will and valor.


R. E. Lee CollectionLeyburn Library

The copy of this telegram was sent with Lee’s telegram to Davis of 29 Aug. 1862, along with the above letter from Davis to the Confederate Congress.