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Head Quarters Army of No. Va.

March 11th 1863


Col. Wms: C. Wickham

Comdg 4th Va Cavalry


The letter of Mr. Tho. M. West complaining of the impressment of his corn, was forwarded to you for a report merely to enable me to return him a proper answer; and not that I supposed you had authorized or your officers made any improper impressments.

The care and attention you bestowed on your command as evidenced by its condition have not escaped my notice; and the almost singularity of this complaint shows that you & your agents have exercised with due caution of judgment the power of impressment, which is apt in all cases to give offence to the parties suffering.

I have the honor to be

With great respect

Your Obt Servt

R E Lee



[signed by Lee, but letter is not in his hand]  



Source: Valentine Museum archives, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2022 March 29