Hdqrs. Department of Northern Virginia,

August 13, 1862


Maj. Gen. D. H. Hill,

Commanding Department of North Carolina:

General: Major Lewis’ battery of 32-pounders is, I fear, too much exposed on the other side of the Appomattox, being difficult to remove. I desire them to be returned again this side of the James, and Major Lewis ordered to report to General Pendleton.

I thought the 32-pounders alluded to in your telegram were those sent by Colonel Rhett for the defenses on the Appomattox.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R E Lee,





Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 11, Part 3, p. 673

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2019 February 4