Fredericksburg, November 21, 1862

General S. Cooper,

Adjutant and Inspector General:

General Jackson telegraphs General Early cannot be spared. Can you get another commander for Western Virginia? Captain Mason will report to General Johnston. Colonel Harvie absent. Will submit proposition when he arrives. Scouts report Manassas Junction and stone bridge abandoned. Stores in large quantities destroyed. Large fire seen at Bull Run railroad bridge. Stahel’s and Schurz’s divisions, under Sigel, passed through Centreville to Washington. Movement from Suffolk believed to be small.

R E Lee


Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 21, p. 1026

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 December 18