Petersburg 2 Nov ’64

My dear Fitz

I have recd your letter on Sunday night. I have recommd Payne for Lomax’s brigade, but he can be assigned where most wanted. I have had always a good opinion of Mumford & had been in view for Wickhams brigade, but at present Cannot recommend him. I hope Rosser[1] will do well. I hope you may be able to rejoin your division soon. We must do something for the reorganization of the Western Cavy. Your division has always had a high reputation. It must not lose it & yet I fear it may suffer from its Service in the Valley. What organization do you propose?

Please give the accompg letter to Genl Cooper who has Kindly promised to cause it to be sent to Mr Ingraham. Thank your father for his letter. Love to all

Very truly

R E Lee



Source: Transcribed from digital copy of original letter, Robert E. Lee Papers, 1749-1975, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2022 June 30



[1] The men referred to are William Henry Fitzhugh Payne (1830-1904); Lunsford L. Lomax (1835-1913); Thomas T. Munford (1831-1918); Williams Carter Wickham (1820-1888); and Thomas L. Rosser (1836-1910).