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Letter from General Fitzhugh Lee to Adjutant-General Cooper, enclosing Colonel Dahlgren's note-book.

headquarters Lee's division, cavalry corps, Army of Northern Virginia, March 31, 1864.
General S. Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General:
General,—I have the honor to enclose to you Colonel Dahlgren's note-book just sent me by Colonel Beale, commanding Ninth Virginia cavalry. Had I known of its existence, it would have been forwarded with the ‘papers.’

His name and rank is written on the first page with the date (probably) of his purchasing it. The book, amongst other memoranda, contains a rough pencil sketch of his address to his troops, differing somewhat from his pen and ink copy. I embrace this occasion to add, the original papers bore no marks of alteration, nor could they possibly have been changed, except by the courier who brought them to me, which is in the highest degree improbable; and the publication of them in the daily Richmond papers were exact copies in every respect of the original.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Fitz. Lee, Major-General Commanding.

Can there be a reasonable doubt that these papers, as published, were authentic?

But, if stronger proof is needed, we have in our possession several of the photograph copies of the original papers which were made at the time, and the writing of which corresponds exactly to the specimen of Colonel Dahlgren's writing given in the memoir by his father. The two are before us as we write; we have exhibited them to many skilled in such matters (among the number a distinguished Philadelphia lawyer), and all of them concur that the writing is the same.

As proof of the genuineness of our photographs, we give the following letter from the engineer officer (Major Albert H. Campbell), under whose ‘immediate supervision’ the photographic copies were made from the originals:

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