March 15th 1866
In addressing you I do not feel as if addressing a stranger; I followed
your career so attentively in the Mexican War as perhaps you may be aware if you
read the library edition of my American history; and I believe fully in the
authenticity of your character as in your valor and efficiency.
There are three other of the Confederate Gens whom I wish to address,
Beauregard, Johnson, and Bragg, but know not how to direct.
I trust to your goodness to pardon the liberty I am taking by sending
these here circulars in a package to you, with the request that you will direct
The General so glorified in as an American, familiarly known as
“Stonewall” Jackson, cannot be now be reached by any mortal address but I
should be sorry that his fame should lack the little I may be able to do for it.
If some friend of his were near you also could in his lines write for me
his most prominent historic acts with their dates, he would be doing a good
As I am about making up a package to send by mail and as am desirous of
being myself understood, you will pardon me for enclosing some papers which
define my position.
And regard yours
Will Gen. Lee have the goodness to send me a line acknowledging the
receipt of this package, and his action if any thereon.
on reverse in General Lee’s handwriting:
15 March ‘66