Headquarters, August 8, 1862


Indorsement on letter of General A. W. G. Davis, requesting that Colonel Davis’ regiment of cavalry and Colonel Starke’s regiment of infantry be sent to Greenbrier County, Va.:



Respectfully returned to His Excellency the President. On August 5, by orders from the Adjutant and Inspector General, Colonel Starke’s regiment was ordered to proceed to Dublin Depot and report to General Loring. Cavalry is much wanted in this army. It cannot be of very great service in the mountains of West Virginia, save as scouts, &c., for which purpose it is presumed there is sufficient in that country. During General Heth’s administration the difficulty of foraging the cavalry became so great that he applied that the Eighth Virginia, under Colonel Jenifer, should be transferred from the department. It is still there.

            R. E. Lee,



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. 926


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 August 8