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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 17. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Letters of R. E. Lee. (search)
ations of rest and food, and the long marches without shoes over mountain roads had greatly reduced our ranks before the action (Antietam) began. Hagerstown, Md., September 12, 1862. His Excellency, President Davis: A thousand pair of shoes and some clothing were obtained in Fredericktown, two hundred and fifty pair in Williamsport, and about four hundred in this city. These were not sufficient to cover the bare feet of the army. headquarters Department of Northern Virginia, December 2, 1862. Honorable Secretary of War: Sir.—I have the honor to report to you that there is still a great want of shoes in the army, between 2,000 and 3,000 men being at present barefooted. Many have lost their shoes in the long marches over rough roads recently made, and the number forwarded was insufficient to meet the necessities of the troops. * * * * * Bunker Hill, July 16, 1863. Mr. President,—The army is encamped around this place, where we shall rest to-day. The men are in good