Headquarters,

Richmond, Va., March 31, 1862

Maj. Gen. J. B. Magruder,

Commanding Army of Peninusla:

General: In reply to your requisition of the 29th instant for 1,000,000 of musket cartridges, I have to state that the Ordnance Department is able to forward to you this morning 60,000 cartridges of various calibres. There is a large demand for cartridges for Knoxville and Goldsborough, as well as for your department; and I am informed that as fast as the cartridges are turned out, which is about at the rate of 70,000 per day, they will be distributed to the above-named points in proportion to the requisitions from each. Goldsborough is pretty well supplied now, so that you will share chiefly in the distribution with Knoxville. The Chief of Ordnance is also under the impression that your supplies since November last have been sufficient to make up the waste in the stock in your hands previous to that date.

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

R E Lee,

General, Commanding

 

 

 

Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 11, part 3, p. 413

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 April 18