Item description: In this letter, 30 May 1862, General Joseph E. Johnston wrote to another Confederate general (possibly General Stonewall Jackson), regarding the improper behavior of cavalry pickets from the 10th Virginia Cavalry, “Wise’s Legion,” as reported by General Robert E. Rodes. Johnston and Rodes would be wounded the next day, 31 May 1862, at the Battle of Seven Pines.
Hd Qr Dept. N. Va
May 30th 1862
I have just received your note accompanying Gen. Rodes’ report of last night containing a complaint of the manner in which the cavalry in his front perform their picket service.
The cavalry on that ride is new to me & perhaps unaccustomed to outpost service. It is that of the “Wise Legion”_ Col. J. L. Davis Comy A.
I sent an officer to them yesterday morning to attempt to give him some instruction. Apparently to little purpose. I will try again.
J. E. Johnston