Richmond, Va., May 1, 1862

General Joseph E. Johnston,

Commanding Army of the Peninsula:


General: An important defensive work is to be constructed on James River below Richmond, and a good constructing engineer is wanted. If Capt. John J. Clarke, of the Provisional Engineer Corps, can be spared, and a portion of your negro force with him, please send them at once to Richmond to report to the Engineer Bureau for duty.

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

 R E Lee,





Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 11, Part 3, pp. 485-486

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 November 26