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‘ [336] in the pursuit of the enemy under all the trials and privations to which it is exposed.’

The dates and the address of the letters are given, so that we may see when, where, and to whom they were written. They are as follows:

Alexandria and Leesburg road, near Dranesville, September 3, 1862.
His Excellency, President Davis.
The army is poorly equipped for the invasion of an enemy's territory. It lacks much of the material of war, is feeble in transportation, the animals being much reduced, and the men are poorly provided with shoes, clothes, and in thousands of instances are destitute of shoes. ... If the Quartermaster's Department can furnish any shoes it would be the greatest relief. We have entered upon September, and the nights are becoming cool.

Two miles from Frederick, Md., September 7, 1862.
His Excellency, President Davis:
I shall endeavor to purchase horses, clothing, shoes, and medical stores for our present use, and you will see the facility that would arise from being provided with the means of paying for them.

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