Since writing the all impt note I have thought, that should you not have heard of any movements of the enemy rendering the withdrawal of the troops from this place necessary, & could send another regt, (Whartons) here, I believe we could successfully resist the attack of the enemy. I have heard that the Militia will be at Meadow Bluff tomorrow, & Genl Lorings Regts must be on the march there. By holding the enemy here, even should we not eventually fight him, it postpones his attack at M. Bluff & allows reinforcements to arrive. He has been skirmishing sharply to day & I presume will repeat it tomorrow, but will not I think make his attack. If you send the regt—send the rifle Canon & provisions for at least three days

R E Lee

25 Sept ’61


Sept. 25 1861


Maj Genl R E Lee


Brig Genl J B Floyd


Reports movements of enemy & request that 3 days provisions be sent


Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 3, M2009.268, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall. Gift of Buford Scott and family.


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 September 15