Headquarters of the Forces,

Richmond, Va., July 15, 1861


Brig. Gen. J. B. Magruder,

Commanding, &c., Yorktown, Va.:


General: I have had the gratification of receiving your letter of the 13th instant, containing Major Hood’s report of his brilliant skirmish with the enemy on the 12th instant, and of submitting it to the President. Will you express to Major Hood and the gallant men who were engaged in the affair the pleasure which their conduct has given both myself and the President.


R E Lee


General, Commanding



Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 2, p. 298

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 November 13