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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 17. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Letters of R. E. Lee. (search)
ar was the cheerfulness and alacrity exhibited by this army in pursuit of the enemy under all the trials and privations to which it is exposed. headquarters Army of Northern Virginia, December 22, 1863. Major-General J. A. Early * * * * Of course you will not take what is necessary for the subsistence of the people, but leave enough for that, and secure all the rest of the articles named, and any others—such as shoes, horseshoes, horseshoe-nails, that you can get. headquarters, January 2, 1864. His Excellency, Jefferson Davis: Many of the infantry are without shoes, and the cavalry worn down by their pursuit of Averell. We are now issuing to the troops a fourth of a pound of salt meat, and have only three days supply at that rate. Camp Orange Courthouse, January 16, 1864. Lieutenant-General J. Longstreet: * * * * * * * * * * You know how exhausted the country is between here and the Potomac; there is nothing for man or horse. Headquarters Army, January 18, 1864.