To this Lee
replied that if that place should be besieged, measures would be taken for its relief; that no siege guns were then available for it, and that reinforcements would be sent as rapidly as the arrival of available troops would permit.
Gen. R. E. Lee
, commanding, furnished, June 15th, to Governor Letcher
, a statement of the military and naval preparations Virginia
had made for her defense, from the date of her separation from the United States government to the date of the transfer of the military operations of the State
to the Confederate government.
（1) Arrangements were made for the establishment of batteries to prevent the ascent of her tidal rivers by hostile vessels, and as soon as sites for these batteries were selected, their construction was begun and their armament and defense committed to the Virginia
navy. (2) Preparations were also begun for receiving into the service of the State
volunteer companies, and for organizing, arming and equipping these; establishing a rendezvous, appointing mustering officers and providing for their subsistence and shelter.
The first estimate of the number of troops of all arms required, based upon the points to be defended, was for 51,000 men. This estimated quota from each portion of the State
was furnished except from the western section. (3) Arrangements were made for calling out volunteers from the western section, at the same time and in the same manner as from the east, but up to the date of his writing, this had been but feebly responded to.
Complete returns had not yet been received from the troops in the field, but, from the best information within his reach, General Lee
believed the number of Virginia
troops in the service was about 35,000, probably more, as the report of her ordnance officer showed that he had issued 2,054 rifles and carbines and 41,604 muskets, besides pistols and sabers for the cavalry.
In addition to these, 13,000 arms had been issued from the Lexington
arsenal, making a total of 56,658.
7,000 arms had been issued to troops from other States, and also several thousand from the arsenal at Richmond
About 5,000 men of the Virginia
companies were armed and equipped when received into the State
's service, so that the number of Virginia
troops in the field was about 40,000.
's adjutant-general, W. H. Richardson