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Object Name Letter
Catalog Number 1925.072.00014
Date May 6, 1862
Scope & Content Letter from General Samuel Cooper to General Robert E. Lee about Richard B. Garnett's trial, May 6, 1862

Physical Appearance: May 6, 1862 - A letter from S[amuel] Cooper at [Richmond, Virginia], to Gen[era]l R[obert] E[dward] Lee, Com[man]d[in]g &c. Does not think it would be easy to bring this case to trial since soldiers are in the field. Advises Lee to give the matter considerable thought and "think what had best be done in this case." (Signed) S. Cooper, A[djutant] & I[nspector] G[eneral]. 1 page. Marks: "G-386" at upper left corner. <> Endorsement: [n. d.] - Reply from R[obert] E[dward] Lee to Gen[era]l [Samuel] Cooper - Sees "no possibility of bringing this case to trial" States that if Jackson had expressed a wish not to press the issue, then he (Lee) would have recommended dropping the matter. Stresses that Jackson's closing remarks make a trial necessary "as an act of justice to Gen[era]l Garnett." (Signed) R. E. Lee. "Official" R. H. Chilton, A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral]. A note at the bottom reads, "Rec'd A&I.G.O. May 6/62."

Concerns Brig. Gen. Richard Garnett's actions during Battle of Kernstown
Archival History Cooper's letter to Lee was formerly located in the MC 3 G-386 files. It was transferred to CML Collection / Garnett in August 2002.
People Garnett, Richard Brooke
Lee, Robert E.
Cooper, Samuel
Chilton, Robert Hall
Subjects War
War crime trials
War crimes