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    Civil War-date Requisition signed twice by General Robert E. Lee drawing forage for his two horses, Traveller & Ajax

    ROBERT E. LEE: PARTLY-PRINTED DOCUMENT SIGNED TWICE. One page, 8" x 10", "Camp", September 1, 1864. The "Requisition For Forage, Form No. 33" (actually the U.S. Army's printed form) states (in part):

    "REQUISITION for Forage for Two Private Horses in the service of Genl. R. E. Lee, Comdg. A. N. Va, U. C. S. Army, at [blank] for 30 days, commencing the 1st of September, 1864, and ending the 30th of September, 1864..."

    "I CERTIFY, on honor, that the above requisition is correct and just, and that

    I have not drawn forage for any part of the time above charged, & that the horses for which forage is drawn are actually kept in services. R. E. Lee Genl.

    RECEIVED at Camp, the 1st of Sept, 1864, of Maj. E. H. Janney, Quartermaster United
    C States Army, Four hundred & eighty pounds of corn, Four hundred & eighty pounds sheaf of oats, [blank] pounds of hay, [blank] pounds of fodder, in full of the above requisition. R. E. Lee Genl."

    In the center of the form is a table which indicates the daily allowance for each horse is 8 pounds of corn and 8 pounds [sheaf] of oats, and that the total allowance is 480 pounds of corn and 480 pounds [sheaf] of oats. With this document, Gen. Robert E. Lee, commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, requisitions forage for his two horses, Traveller and Ajax. Lee rode Traveller throughout the Civil War (alternately with Lucy Long from the fall of 1862 until the spring of 1864, when Lucy Long became broken down); Ajax was given to Lee about the time he was given Lucy Long (in the fall of 1862). Lee's other horses (Richmond & The Roan, or Brown Roan) either died or broke under the strain and hardships of the war, and were not ridden by him at the time of this requisition. A wonderful association.


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