Headquarters Army of Northern Virginia,

January 12, 1863

Maj. Gen. Samuel Jones,

Comdg. Department of Western Virginia, Dublin Depot:


General: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 6th instant, and approve of the course you have adopted with reference to General Jenkins’ cavalry brigade. I hope that every effort will be made to restore it to efficient condition by the spring. I hope that Lieutenant-Colonel Witcher’s cavalry will be sufficient to supply the present deficiency in the valley.

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

R E Lee,





Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 21, p. 1088

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 March 1