Correspondence from Robert E. Lee to Jefferson Davis - March 24, 1865
HEADQUARTERS C. S. ARMIES
March 24, 1865.
His Excellency JEFFERSON DAVIS,
President of the Confederate States, Richmond:
Mr. PRESIDENT: I have the honor to ask that you will call upon the governor of the State of Virginia for the whole number of negroes, slave and free, between the ages of eighteen and forty-five, for services as soldiers authorized by the joint resolution adopted by the Senate and House of Delegates of the State [of Virginia] on the 4th of March. The services of these men are now necessary to enable us to oppose the enemy.
With great respect, your obedient servant,
R. E. LEE,
SOURCE: United States War Department. THE WAR OF THE REBELLION: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1880-1901.