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.
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.
May. Genl. McLaws
about 12 – o’c – night 3 May 63