Headquarters,

Richmond, Va., April 17, 1862

Maj. Gen. J. B. Magruder,

Commanding, &c., Yorktown, Va.:

 

General: Your letter of the 13th instant with reference to arms for General Wilcox is received.

I am informed that the arms turned over by General Wilcox at Gordonsville have been distributed to unarmed troops at that point by the ordnance officer in charge. There are, however, in the hands of Captain Alexander a sufficient number of arms not otherwise appropriated to supply the unarmed men of General Wilcox. Those arms are now on the way to the Peninsula with the ordnance train of General Johnston, and as soon [as] they arrive can be turned over under the order of that officer to General Wilcox. The train is expected to reach this place tomorrow.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

RE Lee

General, Commanding

 

 Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 3, pp. 446-447

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 July 26