[font="Courier New"]To: Department of War, Richmond VA
Dear mister secretary,
I have to tell you, that the Army of Northern Virginia is retreating. The Army of the Potomec, now leaded by Gen. Grant, attacked with a major force. We have about 19.000 casualties, General Smith and Hills Corps are heavly damaged.
Grant is not a man, who lies back and celebrate the victory now. I think, he will push forward to beat us finaly. We will reform the Army at Fredericksburg, General Johnston arrived and will command the new 4th Corp. Hope we are faster then the federals. If we got attacked.. god knows what will happen.
The new situation needs a new plan.
I've ordered Generel Jackson and General Longstreet to leave their positions in the valley. Its very risky, but we have to react on the federal advance.
We have not enough fresh troops between the AoP and Richmond. The lost of the capital would be bigger, then the recapture of Harpers Ferry or Winchestor. Both Corps will reach Manassas in 15 days.
Infrantry replacements are needed for Gen. Smiths and Gen. Hills Corps.
May god bless our troops in the field.
Robert E. Lee[/font]
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