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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 17. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Letters of R. E. Lee. (search)
or 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. Brigadier-General A. R. Lawton, Quartermaster-General: General,—The want of shoes and blankets in this army continues to cause much suffering and to impair its efficiency. In one regiment I am informed that there are only fifty men with serviceable shoes, and a brigade that recently we