The Covington Journal of July 13, 1861 reported:
A Northern telegraphic dispatch of Thursday reports that Gen. Lee has deserted the rebel cause. Per contra, a gentleman of high standing assures the Baltimore Republican that Gen. Lee is actively engaged in pushing forward the defenses of Richmond.
It follows up one week later:
Position of Gen. Lee in the C.S.A.
A Washington correspondent of the Baltimore Exchange says:
"Gen Robert Lee has not resigned, but is the chief aid-de-camp to President Davis. - His position is not unlike that of General Scott on this side. He is principally at Richmond, planning defences and attacks. Gen. Beauregard is the active or practical engineer of the forces. These facts are from a reliable source