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Lee's knowledge of Hooker's movements. by R. E. Colston, Major-General, C. S. A. The assertion that Hooker's move upon Chancellorsville was a surprise to General Lee is a great mistake. Every day Lee had information of Hooker's movements. The following letter, sent by Lee to Jackson, and by the latter to me, has never been
is my letter to him to which Lee refers:
headquarters, A. N. Va., April 23, 1863. Lieut.-General T. J. Jackson, Com'g Corps. General:
I have received General Colston's letter of 8 1/2 o'clock to-day which you forwarded to me. I think from the account given me by L't-Col. Smith of the Engineers, who was at Port Royal yester to cross the river it will be above Fredericksburg.
R. E. Lee, General
The letter was indorsed by Jackson, Respectfully referred to General Colston for his guidance.
It was also marked confidential, and both the front and the back of the envelope were marked private, so that not even my adjutant-general