Headquarters Army of Northern Virginia,

Camp near Fredericksburg, Va., November 30, 1862

Col. J. H. Richardson,

Commanding Corps of Scouts and Couriers:


Colonel: I have been very anxious to get your corps of scouts and guides into service, in order to relieve the members of cavalry companies now on that duty, and return them to their regiments, where their services are much needed. Captain Pifer arrived with his company yesterday. This is the only company that I have heard of yet. Please inform me what progress you have made in your organization, and when the other companies will be ready for service.

I am, with great respect, your obedient servant,

R E Lee,





Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 21, p. 1039

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 January 5