for him. We were unable last evening to dislodge him. I am now swinging around to my left to come up in his rear.
I learn, from prisoners taken, that Heintzelman's troops from Washington are here, and the enemy seems to have concentrated his strength for this effort.
If I had with me all my command, and could keep it supplied with provisions and forage, I should feel easy, but, as far as I can judge, the advantage of numbers and position is greatly in favor of the enemy.
This letter, which is in the Official Records
, precludes the idea of a letter the night of May 1st, such as Colonel Marshall
says was dictated by General Lee
to Mr. Davis
, ‘giving him fully the situation,’ unless General Lee
had forgotten what he wrote the night before.
It is evident that Dr. Dabney
corrected his manuscript with General Lee
's letter to Mrs. Jackson
before him, for he omitted the statement that General Lee
proposed to attack General Hooker
's position at Chancellorsville
in front, and adopted almost the exact language of General Lee
in stating what it was decided to do, but he used the word ‘proposed,’ which was not General Lee
's, probably through inadvertence, or on the supposition that it expressed General Lee
's true meaning as well or better than ‘undertook.’
What General Lee
did say was, that General Jackson
‘undertook to throw his command entirely in Hooker
's rear,’ but Dr. Dabney
says that General Jackson
‘proposed to throw his command entirely into Hooker
's rear,’ and further controversy on the question is practically narrowed down to the meaning of the word ‘undertook,’ as used by General Lee
in his letter to Mrs. Jackson
What General Lee
wrote to Mrs. Jackson
should be taken in connection with his official report and his letter to Dr. Bledsoe
In the operations around Chancellorsville I overtook General Jackson, who had been placed in command of the advance as the skirmishers of the approaching armies met, advanced with the troops to the Federal line of defenses, and was on the field until their whole army recrossed the Rappahannock.