3 May 1863: “The Genl. says Genl. Anderson is on your left watching for any movement down the river, has not yet heard from him, thinks his presence there will render your left flank secure.”

Item description: A short note, dated “about 12 – o’c[lock] – night 3 May ’63,” written by Walter H. Taylor, Chief Aide-de-Camp of Robert E. Lee, to Gen. Lafayette McLaws.

Item citation: From folder 7 in the Lafayette McLaws PapersSouthern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Item transcription:

General

I am directed by Genl. Lee to say that he thinks well of Genl. Early purposes, if it is practicable. Such a movement would be a virtual relief to you, & might cause the enemy to pause or retire, & should this occur he would desire that you press them, so as to prevent their concentrating on Genl. Early. The Genl. says Genl. Anderson is on your left watching for any movement down the river, has not yet heard from him, thinks his presence there will render your left flank secure.

I am very respy.
&c &c
W.Taylor
AAG 

May. Genl. McLaws
Cmdg.

about 12 – o’c – night 3 May 63

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