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Petersburg, January 8, 1865

Hon. James A. Seddon,

                        Secretary of War, Richmond, Va.:

            Sir: I have had the honor to receive you letter of the 7th instant, transmitting the information received from Mr. R. F. Walker from an old farmer of Charles City County relative to large numbers of Grant’s army descending James River. From other information received I think it probable the attack on Wilmington will be renewed. General Terry, it is said, is to command the land forces, and that the last of them embarked on the evening of the 5th. I have notified General Bragg, and am endeavoring to ascertain the strength of the land force. I cannot learn that any troops have left the lines in our front.

                        Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

RE Lee,







Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 46, Part 2, p. 1023

Transcribed by Daniel Shevalier, 2018 June 19