we know whether General Lee ever wrote his final report, as was his custom, after receiving the reports of his subordinates.
If he did, it is not in the War Records' office at Washington, and we fear it was destroyed with other invaluable papers on the retreat from Petersburg.
We are indebted to the kindness of the War Records' office for a copy of this report.]
headquarters army of Northern Virginia, October 23d, 1863. General S. Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General, C. S. A., Richmond, Va.:
General — In advance of a detailed report I have the honor to submit for the information of the Department the following outline of the recent operations of this army.
With the design of bringing on an engagement with the Federal army, which was encamped around Culpeper Courthouse, extending thence to the Rapidan, this army crossed that river on the 9th instant, and advanced by way of Madison Courthouse.
Our progress was necessarily slow, as the march was by circuitous and conceale