23 August 1863: “The grazing here is getting to be very scarce & bad & we have had no corn for two days past.”

Item description: Letter, dated 23 August 1863, from a Confederate army officer to General William Pendleton. The writer discusses food shortage and requests to move his command to Charlottesville, V.A.

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Item citation: From folder 34b of the William Nelson Pendleton Papers #1466, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Item transcription:

Head Q.s Art’y 3 Corps

Brig. Gen’l W. N. Pendleton

Gen’l,

In obedience to your directions I sent officers to see the condition of the County across the Rapidan as the forage and grazing & the report is that there is nothing over there but a very limited supply of grazing, which would last only a few days.  I also called to see Lt. Gen’l Hill who said he did not consider it safe for us to go over there. I therefore respectfully request that I may be allowed to move the command in the direction of Charlottesville, where there is said to be an abundant supply of grazing & long forage.  The grazing here is getting to be very scarce & bad & we have had no corn for two days past.  I desire to know this afternoon so that I may move to-morrow in that direction if it meets with your approbation,

I am Gen’l very Resp’y Your m. ob.

A. S. Cutts

[?] 2d Corps

 

 

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