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Richmond, August 9, 1864.
General R. E. Lee, Dunn's Hill, Va.
Who shall relieve General Ransom in the Valley? Can General F. Lee, or would it be better to send a Senior Brigadier?

To which General Lee answered as follows:

Dunn's Hill, Va., August 9th, 1864.

His Excellency, Jeff'n Davis.
Dispatch of to-day received.1 * * * Some commander should relieve Ransom. I think it best to send Fitz. Lee's Senior Brigadier. Will do so if you approve.


To which I replied:

August 10th, 1864.
General R. E. Lee, near Petersburg, Va..
I accept your conclusion. General G. W. C. Lee not physically equal to the duty. Send the Senior Brigadier of Fitz. Lee's division.

I will close this long letter, as I began, with the expression of my deep interest in the Southern Historical Papers, and with an earnest protest against allowing the statuesque character of Lee to be impaired by ascribing to him what is inconsistent with its symmetry.

I am, very respectfully,



1 These stars of omission are in the copy I have, and there is nothing except my answer to indicate what was thus omitted.

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