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Officers of Gen. R. E. Lee's staff.

Columbus, Miss., October 18, 1907.
my dear Col. Talcott,—I have before me your revised, corrected and added list of ‘Officers of General R. E. Lee's Staff,’ with the data furnished by General Marcus J. Wright, of the War Department in Washington. As far as I know, it is now the most correct list extant, and you can safely have it published.

With kind wishes, your comrade and friend,

(Signed)


General Lee's first service was in the western part of the State of Virginia, where he was attended by two aides-de-camp, Colonel John A. Washington and Captain Walter H. Taylor.

Colonel John Augustine Washington was killed at Valley Mountain, September, 1861.

During his three month's service in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, he had with him in addition to his aide, Captain Walter H. Taylor, Lieutenant Colonel Wm. G. Gill, Ordnance Officer; Captain Thornton A. Washington, A. A. & I. General; Major A. L. Long, Chief of Artillery; Captain Joseph C. Ives, Chief of Engineers; Captain Joseph Manigault, Vol. A. D. C.; Captain John N. Maffitt, Naval A. D. C.

In March, 1862, when under a special act of Congress, General R. E. Lee was assigned to duty at Richmond, a personal staff for the ‘Commanding General’ was authorized by said act, and the appointments made by him under it were as follows:

Colonel A. L. Long, Military Secretary Brigadier General of Artillery, September 21, 1863–April 9, 1865.

Major Walter H. Taylor, A. D. C., Lieutenant Colonel A. A. A. & I. General, November 4, 1864–April 9, 1865.

Major T. M. R. Talcott, A. D. C., Lieutenant Colonel July 25,

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