FREDERICKSBURG, December 13, 1862.
Adjutant and Inspector General:
I request no one to be sent to the army except those attached to it on duty. All others are hindrances.
R. E. LEE,
DECEMBER 14, 1862.
Your wish shall be observed that no one be sent to your army except those attached to it on duty. I would suggest that you send those away not so attached. Would you wish any aid of physicians or nurses?
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WESTERN VIRGINIA, Dublin Depot, W. Va., December 14, 1862.
Lewisburg, via Narrows:
Leave cavalry enough in Greenbrier to guard cattle for General William's troops, or drive them off if obliged to leave. Corn for at least four companies will be sent to The Narrows. I will not be here again until Wednesday.
CHATTANOOGA, December 15, 1862.
Hon. JAMES A. SEDDON,
Secretary of War:
Have just returned from Murfreesborough, and received your dispatch of 13th instant. Am anxious to learn further particulars of affairs at Fredericksburg. Expect to start for Montgomery to-morrow at 5 p.m.
Colonel Johnston is requested to send General Lee's dispatch of this morning* to the President, addressed to Montgomery.
J. A. SEDDON,
RICHMOND,. VA., December 15, 1862.
The PRESIDENT, Montgomery, Ala.:
I received this morning, at 7.15 o'clock, the dispatch from General Lee given above.+ I have no later official intelligence from the Rappahannock. The telegraphic operator reports the engagements renewed
+See Lee's report of December 15, 1862, commencing, "Yesterday was spent by the enemy," p.548.