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Headquarters Army of Northern Virginia,

December 5, 1862

Hon. James A. Seddon, Secretary of War:


Sir: A report from Colonel Imboden, on the Shenandoah Mountains, states that the enemy, who have recently been threatening Staunton, have fallen back beyond Beverly, leaving a guard of about 200 men at that place. There are none of the enemy at Moorefield, one company at Springfield, one at Paw Paw, one at the mouth of Little Cacapon, and three at Oldtown, in Maryland. Milroy has retired to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. General W. E. Jones, commanding in the valley, reports that Generals Cox and Milroy had marched from New Creek toward Martinsburg, and that General Geary, with his division, had advanced from Harper’s Ferry to within 4 miles of Winchester on the evening of the 3d instant. General Jones still held Winchester on the 4th, having sent his trains to Strasburg. I have directed General Jones to call upon Colonels Imboden and Davidson for re-enforcements, and directed the latter officers to send to him all their available force. If General Cox has retired from the Kanawha Valley, our troops in the vicinity of Lewisburg could operate to advantage under General W. E. Jones. I request that Maj. Gen. Samuel Jones be instructed accordingly, should the information communicated by General W. E. Jones be correct.

I have the honor to be, with great respect, your obedient servant,

R E Lee





Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 21, pp. 1050-1051

Transcribed b Colin Woodward, 2018 January 24