Head Quarters Va Forces

Richmond May 9th 1861

Colonel Jubal A Early Va Vol

Commanding &c

Lynchburg

Colonel

            Colonel R C Radford Virginia volunteers has been directed to report to you for duty; You will assign him to the command of the Troops from the counties of Campbell, Bedford, Roanoke, Botetourt, and Craig (which you were directed to keep united and distinct from those of the other counties by letter of the 6th Inst) and direct him to proceed as soon as possible with them and report to the commanding officer of the Troops between Culpepper Court House and Alexandria or on that Line.

Very Respectfully,

yr obt servt,

R E Lee

Maj-Genl Commdg

Source: University of Virginia

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 January 27