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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 17. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Letters of R. E. Lee. (search)
—My anxiety on the subject of provisions for this army is so great that I cannot refrain from expressing it to your Excellency. I connot see how we can operate with our present supplies. Any derangement in their arrival or disaster to the railroad would render it impossible for me to keep the army together and might force a retreat into North Carolina. There is nothing to be had in this section for men or animals. We have rations for the troops to-day and to-morrow. headquarters, June 26, 1864. His Excellency, President Davis. * * * * * * I am less uneasy about holding our position than about our ability to procure supplies for the army. headquarters, October 21, 1864. Honorable Secretary of War. * * * * * We now get bacon for our troops only once in four days, and the Commissary Department informed Colonel Cole, chief C. S. of the army, that we must rely on cattle. (Telegram,] headquarters, January 11, 1865. Honorable J. A. Seddon: There is nothing within r