Headquarters,

Richmond, Va., April 4, 1862

 

Col. J. Gorgas,

Chief Ordnance Bureau, Richmond, Va.:

 

Colonel: I have the honor to request that you will cause one 10-inch columbiad, with barbette carriage, to be sent to Drewry’s Bluff, and one 4.62-inch rifled siege gun to General Huger, to be placed on Nansemond River. I wish five 8-inch columbiads retained for the battery at Mulberry Island, for which casemate carriages are being provided. These carriages were promised to be done some time since. Can you not hasten their completion and send them down?

I will advise you shortly of my wishes concerning the other guns on your memorandum, which I understand will be four 8-inch columbiads with barbette carriages.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R E Lee,

General, Commanding

 

Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 11, part 3, p. 421

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 July 18