Headquarters Virginia Forces,

Richmond, Va., May 19, 1861

Col. George A. Porterfield,

Commanding, &c., Grafton, Taylor County, Va.:

 

Colonel: Your letter of the 16th instant is at hand. One thousand muskets and rifles and some ammunition have been sent from Staunton to Major Goff and Lieutenant Chenoweth at Beverly, for the use of the troops under your command, to Colonel Jackson, at Harper’s Ferry. Several companies have been directed to go with the arms from Staunton to Beverly, and to gather strength as they passed along. It is hoped that a considerable force has, by this means, been gathered together, which will be increased by the arrangements which you have made.

Very respectfully, &c.,

R E Lee,

Major-General, Commanding

 

Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 2, pp. 856-857

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2019 March 20