Headquarters Taylor’s [Farm],

Via Gordonsville, Va., August 18, 1862.

 

General S. Cooper:

Better not send troops by Lynchburg; it will prevent transportation of supplies from that point. Put the division on march. Send portion by Central Railroad to Orange Court-House.

 

R. E. Lee,

General.

 

Source: The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series 1, Vol. 12, Part 3, p. 935

 

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 August 17