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