Spottsylvania CH

12 ¼ P. M. 16 May ‘64

 

Genl J C. Breckinridge

Valley Dis. via Staunton

 

I offer you the thanks of this army for your victory over Genl Seigel

Press him down the valley & if practicable follow him into Maryland

 

                                                            R E Lee

 

 

Source: Facsimile of original, donated by Mrs. R. Middleton Bagby, Lexington, Kentucky, vertical files, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall

 

 

 

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 January 29