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Headquarters, December 18, 1862

General Wade Hampton, Cavalry Brigade:

General: When I proposed your transfer to the cavalry, I understood you, in giving your assent, to say that you did not desire it to be permanent. The death of General Gregg, so deeply regretted by the army and the country, leaves his brigade without a commander. If it is agreeable to your wishes, and will not do violence to the feelings of others, I will propose to the Department your permanent transfer to the brigade. I first wish to know whether it will be agreeable to you.

I am, with great respect, your obedient servant,

R E Lee,





Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 21, p. 1067

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 February 12