Letter from Richard S. Ewell to Robert E. Lee (July 11, 1864)


In this letter, dated July 11, 1864, Richard S. Ewell suggests that Robert E. Lee send a force of about 450 men to the Northern Neck to quell the unrest following the Draper Raid.


Headquarters Richmond Defenses, July 11, 1864.

Respectfully referred to the general commanding Army of Northern Virginia.

It is probable these outrages will be repeated, and it appears likely that if some officer of experience could take a small command to that region it might serve as a nucleus to those citizens capable of bearing arms. General Pegram is nearly well, and could he take his brigade to that vicinity for a time he might increase its force (about 450) and organize some resistance to the enemy. I was told at the War Department that this matter rests with General Lee.

R. S. Ewell, Lieutenant General.

APA Citation:
Ewell, Richard S.. Letter from Richard S. Ewell to Robert E. Lee (July 11, 1864). (2021, May 25). In Encyclopedia Virginia.
MLA Citation:
Ewell, Richard S.. "Letter from Richard S. Ewell to Robert E. Lee (July 11, 1864)" Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Humanities, (25 May. 2021). Web. 24 May. 2024
Last updated: 2021, May 25
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