Head Quarters, Richmond,

July 5th 1861


Thos. A. Dodamead

Sup’t of Transpn Central & orange & Alexa R.R.




I am informed that there are at Edinburgh, Shenandoah Co, 200 Tons of Gun metal, belonging to Dr Archer, which are much needed at the Bellona Arsenal. I have to request that transportation be provided to Richmond on your line of road as early as possible not to the prejudice, however, of more important business.

Very Resp’ly

Your ob’d’t serv’t

R E Lee

Gen’l Comd’g





Source: Digital copy of original letter (not in Lee’s handwriting, but signed by Lee), Brock Collection, Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino, California

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2019 January 15