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HdQrs: 18 Feb. 64

 

Genl

 

I am much concerned at the desertions in the __?__ brigade - Can you ascertain the cause & remove it -?  Perhaps some changes of position in the 14 (?) Regt: might be beneficial --The use of corn meal seems to me too trivial to account for it--If there are men whom it disagrees with, it might be changed by Drs prescription-

 

Very respy                     

R E Lee

 

Genl Ewell