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Head Quarters ANva

Nov 25th 1862


Maj Gen G W Smith

Comg at Richmond &c


I enclose your Two notices of details from the Chief Surgeon’s office General Hospital Richmond, which I do not understand, as it is not stated on what duty the men are detailed, nor do I know by what authority save that expressed on its face. I am told that these details are common, but this is the first time it has been brought to my notice. I fear that no army can be kept in the field if the practice is continued. I wish it stopped, unless it has been ordered by proper authority, and in that case I wish to be improved.

I have the honour to be

with great respect

your obt servt

R E Lee