Headquarters Army of Northern Virginia,

June 18, 1864

General J. A. Early,

Lynchburg, Va.:

 

Grant is in front of Petersburg. Will be opposed there. Strike as quick as you can, and, if circumstances authorize, carry out the original plan, or move upon Petersburg without delay.

 

R E Lee

 

Source: The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series 1, Volume 37, Part 1, p. 766

 

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 September 19