Hdqrs. Department of Northern Virginia,

August 8, 1862

General S. Cooper,

Adjutant and Inspector General:

General: Will you please inform me whether the recommendations for promotion to fill vacancies in the army have yet been acted upon? The want of officers of proper rank render many regiments and companies inefficient; regiments being in some cases under the command of captains and many companies without their proper complement of officers.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R E Lee,

General

 

 

 

Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 11, Part 3, p. 669

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2019 January 22