The Campaign of Chancellorsville eBook

Theodore Ayrault Dodge
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I have directed that those of your wounded who desire it, shall be paroled and transferred within your lines, should you be willing to receive them; those in the vicinity of Chancellorsville at the United-States Mine Ford, and those on the battlefield of Salem Church at Banks’s Ford or Fredericksburg.  As your wounded generally occupy the few houses in the vicinity of the late battle-field, the transportation of this army cannot be employed in conveying them to the river until my own wounded have been removed to a place of shelter.  As soon as this can be accomplished, I will cause such of your wounded as may desire to be paroled, to be delivered at the points above indicated, upon being advised of your willingness to receive them.  In the mean time they shall have such care as is given to my own.

I have the honor to enclose a copy of my letter of yesterday in case the original may not have reached you.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
R. E. Lee, General.

Headquartersarmy of the Potomac,
camp near Falmouth, Va., May 7, 1863, 8 P.M. 
Gen.  R. E. Lee,
Commanding Confederate Forces at Fredericksburg, Va.

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your two communications of May 6 and 7 this moment.  If agreeable to you, I would like to send medical supplies and attendance to my wounded, and, at such times as the state of the stream will permit, send ambulances for them via the fords designated in your communications, viz., United-States and Banks’s Fords.  I will, with your consent, send parties to those fords with supplies at an early hour to-morrow.  The swollen state of the Rappahannock probably preventing the crossing of any vehicles with supplies, I shall have to depend upon you for transportation for them.  I will receive the wounded at the points named as soon as it can be done.  I will send an officer to Chancellorsville, with your consent, to arrange the details, which, judging from your letter, with the state of the river, cannot now be determined by correspondence.  Upon an intimation from you as to any deficiency in your immediate necessities of medical supplies of your own, by reason of their use for my wounded or other causes, I shall with pleasure replace them.  I would be obliged for approximate information concerning the number of wounded, that a sufficient amount of supplies may be forwarded.  I would be under obligations for an early reply.

Very respectfully, etc.,
Joseph Hooker,
Major-General Commanding. 
(Copy furnished medical director.)

Headquartersarmy of the Potomac,
camp near Falmouth, Va., May 9, 1863. 
Gen.  R. E. Lee,
Commanding Army of Northern Virginia.

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