Headquarters Army of Northern Virginia

December 11, 1862—6 a.m.


Brigadier-General Pendleton,

Commanding Artillery:

General: General Longstreet has just reported that the enemy is attempting to cross at Fredericksburg, and is now putting down his pontoon bridges. Ascertain the best position for the two big guns, and bring them to bear.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R E Lee





Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 21, p. 1058

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 February 2