R.E. Lee to Christopher Q. Tompkins, Col. 22nd Va. Inf. in Kanawha Valley, unpublished letter

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Description: "[YOUR TROOPS] PROVE WHAT MEN WILL SUFFER IN DEFENCE OF THEIR HOMES & RIGHTS" (CIVIL WAR.) ROBERT E. LEE. Autograph Letter Signed, "R ELee / Gen'l Comm'g," to Colonel Christopher Q. Tompkins, acknowledging the difficulties experienced by the Kanawha Valley volunteers, explaining that resources must be committed first to the most threatened units, requesting that he order any essential supplies from the quartermaster at Richmond, denying the suggestion that his men have been discriminated against with respect to the supply of arms and equipment, explaining that the regiment would not be divided but that they may be required to serve with other troops here or elsewhere, and suggesting that he appeal to General Floyd for assistance if confronted with the enemy. 3 pages, 4to, written on a folded sheet, ruled paper; horizontal folds, uncommonly good condition. "H'd Q'rs Valley Mt," 17 August 1861
Notes: ". . . I am aware of the difficulties attending the organization of the Vol: regts: in Kanawha Valley. Your efforts & success are duly appreciated & confirming the confidence entertained in you, which led to your assignment to this duty. In the initiation of preparations by the State for its defence, it was hoped that the loyal citizens of the Kanawha Valley would have been able to have offered a sufficient force to have prevented the invasion of their country, with the additional aid that could be given them, & that this force could have been equipped with everything but arms & accoutrements. . .

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