d I assure you everything in my power has been done to avert it. The enemy's force is very much larger than mine, being three or four to one.
Respectfully, J. A. Early, Lieutenant-General.
General Lee to General Early.—(confidential.) Headquarters, Petersburg, September 27, 1864.
General: Your letter of the 25th is received.
I very much regret the reverses that have occurred to the army in the valley, but trust they can be remedied.
The arrival of Kershaw will add greatly to your sl messenger to you to get your views.
Without Kershaw, I would have about six thousand muskets.
Very respectfully, J. A. Early, Lieutenant-General. General R. E. Lee, commanding Army of Northern Virginia.
General Early to General Lee. Headquarters, Valley District (New market), October 9, 1864. General R. E. Lee:
General: In advance of a detailed report, I have determined to give you an informal account of the recent disasters to my command, which I have not had leisure to do before.