Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

Telegram from R.E. Lee on the death of General Elisha Franklin Paxton.

May 3, 2013

Elisha Franklin Paxton – Letters from camp and field while an officer in the Confederate Army,The American Civil War

elisha f paxtonTelegram

May 3,1863.

The enemy was dislodged from all his positions around Chancellorsville and driven back towards the Rappahannock, over which he is now retreating. We have to thank Almighty God for a great victory. I regret to state that Gen’l Paxton was killed, Gen’l Jackson severely and Gen’l Heath and D. H. Hill slightly wounded.

(Signed) R. E. Lee,

Gen’l Commdg.

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