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Dr. Poindexter’s, July 4, 1862


Major-General [D. H.] Hill:

General: I desire you to-day to continue the work of burying the dead, collecting the wounded and sending them to the hospitals, and gathering up all arms and other property left on the field.

I understand that many of the enemy’s wounded of Monday’s fight are still on the field; they must have suffered greatly, and every effort should be made to remove all of them where they will be comfortable.

The enemy’s dead (particularly at the scene of Monday’s fight) must be buried, and any prisoners that may be in your hands can be devoted to this work.

Lose no exertion to collect your command, and in every way prepare it for immediate service.

Send a strong detail, under efficient officers, and finish the work at once.

I shall proceed to join the advance of the army under General Longstreet, where you can communicate with me.

I am, most respectfully, your obedient servant,

RE Lee





Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 11, Part 3, p. 630

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 July 26