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Office Chf. Com. A. N. V.

Nov. 30th, 1864.

 

 

 Colonel L. B. Northrop, C.G.

          Richmond.

 

 

Colonel:

          I find that much complaint is arising upon the subject of the bread ration. It is generally thought to be too small & now especially as the season for vegetables is over. It is alleged also that much dissatisfaction leading to desertion among the men is increasing. I had a conversation with Genl. Lee upon the subject today and he is very desirous that the ration of Meal, especially, be increased. From what I can learn myself I think this advisable if within the limits of our ability to keep up the supply. General Lee requested me to write you upon this subject and I take the liberty to urge some increase if practicable.

                            I am Col. very Respy.

                                  Your Obt. Servt.

                                         R. G. Cole

                                                Lt. Col. &c.

 

 

 

Source: Frank G. Ruffin Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Mss1 R8386a 19

 

 Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 June 27