Confederate General Jubal Early writes General John Echols from Staunton in February, 1865, to ask about the size and scope of his command for the coming campaigns.
February 25, 1865.
I have been notified by Gen. Lee that Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee has been added to my department. What is state of things in East Tennessee? Where is Maj. Stoddard Johnston? Let your brigade be held in readiness to move to railroad at Dublin at a moment's notice. Continue in charge until further orders.
J. A. EARLY,
Bibliographic Information : Letter Reproduced from The War of The Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series 1, Volume 49, Serial No. 103, Pages 1016, Broadfoot Publishing Company, Wilmington, NC, 1997.