Hd Qrs Amry N. Va

Nov 15th 1862



Your note is rec’d. I regret I did not see you this morning. Genl Stuart is here, and thinks the enemy is moving towards Fredericksburg. They have placed pickets at the Ford of the Rappahannock, below Kelleys, which they had not done before.

I telegraphed Jackson to endeavor to operate through the mountains on his rear, but do not think he can accomplish much.

It would be too hazardous to cross your corps over the Rappahannock at this season, to operate on his rear, unless we had free passage of the river.

I think it better to operate upon them on their route from Fredericksburg. Be prepared for a movement at any time.

Very respectfully

Your obt Servt

R E Lee




Lt. Genl

J. Longstreet

Commdg corps




Source: Cutts-Madison Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2019 February 25