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ruction; and * * * * it was only during the last year of the war, when his health was somewhat impaired, that one of his staff had the temerity, on the occasion of one of the General's visits to Richmond, to turn in his tent to the quartermaster's department and move his effects into a house which he was thus almost compelled to occupy.
Personal Reminiscences of General Lee. J. Wm. Jones, D. D. Pages 309-11. of General Lee, previously referred to, is as follows:
Petersburg, Va., 3 P. M., April 2, 1865. His Excellency, Jefferson Davis, Richmond, Va.:
Mr. President,—Your letter of the 1st is just received.
I have been willing to detach officers to recruit negro troops, and sent in the names of many who are desirous of recruiting companies, battalions, or regiments, to the War Department.
After receiving the general orders on that subject establishing recruiting depots in the several States, I supposed that this mode of raising the troops was preferred.