Covington Virginia

                                                                                                June 1st 1866


Gen. R. E. Lee.


                                    As I wish to enlist again under yourself as a leader, will you be so kind as to send me a catalogue of Washington College?

            Please send it as early as practicable, that I may see how much work I may have to do, between this time and the 1st of September.

                                                                                    I am General

                                                                                    With Great Respect

                                                                                    Your Obdt Sevt

                                                                                                J. R. Montague

                                                                                                Covington, Alleghany, Co.



Notation on reverse in General Lee’s handwriting:     

            1 June ‘66

J. R. Montague



5 June