Nashville Tenn. Apr. 17th 1866


To Gen. R. E. Lee,

                                    Dear Sir;

                                                            Being very desirous of entering Washington College, if possible, and wishing information concerning what is required of a pupil desiring the same, may I ask you to be so kind as to send me a catalogue containing the wished for intelligence.


                                                            Most respectfully your Obdt. Ser.

                                                                                    Jas. W. Smith


P. S. If this should reach you, and you would be so obliging as to comply with my request, please address,


            James Woods Smith


Care of Woods, Yeatman & Co




Notation on reverse in General Lee’s handwriting:

            Tenn      17 Apl ‘66

Jas: W. Smith



Ansd: 24 Apl ‘66