From the 6 August 1871 issue of The New York Times.

The Battle of Fredericksburg—Letter from Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Alluding to the battle of Frederickburg, a correspondent of the Richmond Dispatch writes;

By the way, we have seen in the manuscript of the forthcoming Lee Memorial Volume a very characteristic letter from Gen> R. E. LEE to a distinguished Federal General in answer to a letter of inquiry concerning this battle. In order to fortify certain opinions which he held concerning this great conflict, this officer, whose name, if it were proper to give it, would be recognized as one of the most distinguished Federal Generals that the war produced, wrote to Gen. LEE. In his answer, which has never been published, the old chieftan says: That he has no reason to believe that Gen. MCCLELLAN neglected to do anything in his power to gain success; that he presumes that Gen. BURNSIDE had good reasons for changin his route and advancing on Fredericksburg; that so far as he could judge the earlier arrival of the Federal pontoons would not have altered the result, as it would only have caused an earlier concentration of the Confederate forces at Fredericksburg, and that as for the plan urged by this distinguished officer after the battle (to the effect that the Federal Army should be moved back to Acquia Creek and put on board of transports, that Richmond should be threatened from Fortress Monroe, and that as soon as the Confederate Army fell back to mee that movement BURNSIDE’S army should enter the Rappahannock and thus flank the heights of Fredericksburg), Gen. LEE said that it was impossible now to determine definitely what would have been the result of that movement, but that he did not think that the Confederate Army would have fallen back on Richmond until the necessity was fully developed. He closes his lette by quaintly saying: “It is so easy to form opinions in the light of subsequent events which we could not have previously formed for lack of sufficient information that it is difficult to say how much weight should be attached to opinions thus formed.”