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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 17. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Letters of R. E. Lee. (search)
, Secretary of War: * * * * * The troops in the Valley are scattered far subsistence, nor can they be concentrated for the want of it. * * * The cavalry and artillery of the army are still scattered for want of provender, and our supply and ammunition trains, which ought to be with the army in case of a sudden movement, are absent collecting provisions and forage — some in West Virginia and some in North Carolina. You see to what straits we are reduced. headquarters Petersburg, March 17, 1865. Honorable John C. Breckinridge, Secretary of War: * * * * * * * I have had this morning to send General William H. F. Lee's division back to Stony Creek, whence I called it in the last few days, because I cannot provide it with forage. I regret to have to report these difficulties, but think you ought to be apprised of them in order, if there is any remedy, it should be applied. There being no remedy Appomattox came, where General Lee said: Then there is nothing left me but to g