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General Robert E. Lee to Jefferson Davis, July 12, 1864


Received at Richmond, Va. July 12 1864.
at 8.45 P.M.

Hd. Qrs. Near Petersburg 12
His Excy Jeffn. Davis
Prest. C. S.

Telegram of to-day received. I regret the fact stated. It is a bad time to release [relieve] the commander of an army situated as that of Tenne. We may lose Atlanta and the army too. Hood is a bold fighter. I am doubtful as to other qualities necessary.

R. E. Lee

Genl. R. E. Lee
Hd. Qrs. Army N. Va.
July 12 1864.
Telegram in cypher.
Reed. July 12 1864.

SOURCE: Doughlas Southall Freeman, Editor, Lee's Dispatches: Unpublished Letters of General Robert E. Lee, C.S.A., p. 282

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