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Staunton          Nov 23. 1865.


My attention has been called to an article published in the “New York News” of the 7th inst, which was written by a friend of mine in Kentucky, Maj J. Stoddard Johnston, whom you may recollect as the Adjutant General of Maj: Gen Breckinridge. It is in reply to an article published in the same paper, in very bad taste I thought, by Mr E. A. Pollard, which may have met your eye.

I take the liberty of enclosing to you the article of Maj Johnston, thinking that it might possess some interest to you.

I hope to be able, in the intervals of business, in the course of a few weeks, to send to you a statement of the condition of the Department of South Western Virginia and the operations therein during the last winter & spring.

I am, Gen, very respectfully

Your Obt Sert

Jno: Echols


Verso [Lee’s handwriting]

23 Novr ’65

Genl Jno: Echols will send report of operations  in W. Va:



Source: Photocopy of original letter, Mss3 L515 a, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 May 15