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Meadow Bluff, Virginia, September 24, 1861—4 a.m.

General Henry A. Wise,

Commanding, &c., Camp on Sewell, Virginia:


General: Your dispatch of the 23d is just received. I am glad to hear that the force of the enemy in your front does not exceed 3,000. No information that is reliable has been received at this camp from Wilderness road or the Chestnutburg road, nor have I any more tidings of the enemy passing from the Sunday road to the Wilderness road than I have already given. It seems from your letter that by the report of one of your scouts, there are 7,000 at Nichol’s Mill. In another part of your letter you state that only a few stragglers are there. I am unable, therefore, to form any opinion as to their numbers at that point. I regret to hear that you cannot retire your baggage wagons, &c., and are compelled to remain, as at the distance you are from support it may jeopardize the whole command. Please send word whether you have sufficient ammunition, and any information as to the operations of the enemy that may serve to regulate the movements of General Floyd.

I am, with high respect, your obedient servant,

R E Lee

General, Commanding




Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 12, Volume 5, p. 878

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 November 12