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# 7531

Confederate Captain; Staff Officer to General James Chalmers; Delivered Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Demand for the Surrender of the Union Garrison at Ft. Pillow

Signed Card, 1 ½” x 3 ½”, Walter A. Goodman, Capt[ain] & A[ssistant] A[djutant] Gen[era]l, Forrest’s Cavalry."

Overall condition is very good, with a small surface abrasion in the lower right corner, along with old glue staining on the reverse.


GORDON, JOHN B. (1832-1904)

# 7516

Confederate Major General - Georgia

Gordon served with distinction in the Army of Northern Virginia from First Manassas through Appomattox. After the war, he served as Georgia Governor and as United States Senator from the state.

Signature, “J.B. Gordon,” on a 1 ¼” x 3 ½” slip of paper, removed from a larger document.



# 7513

Confederate Brigadier General – Alabama

After early-war service with the 3rd, 11th, and 43rd Alabama Infantries, Gracie saw action in the Kentucky campaign and at Chickamauga. Transferred east, he served under Beauregard in the May 1864 James River campaigns and in the trenches at Petersburg, where he was killed by an exploding artillery shell on December 2, 1864.

War-Date Autograph Endorsement Signed

Civil War-Date Autograph Endorsement Signed, 1 ¼” x 3”, removed from a larger document dealing with deceased Confederate soldiers (from text on the reverse).

“Approved, A. Gracie, Jr., Brig[adier] Gen[era]l.”

There is old glue staining on the reverse, and the slip of paper has been clipped diagonally at the left and right edges.

Price: $1750.00

HAMPTON, WADE (1818-1902)

# 7515

Confederate Lieutenant General– South Carolina; Governor of South Carolina – 1876-79; Democratic U.S. Senator – South Carolina – 1879-91

Hampton served with distinction from First Manassas through the surrender of Joseph Johnston in North Carolina, becoming, along with Nathan Bedford Forrest and Richard Taylor, one of only three civilians to attain the rank of lieutenant general.

War-Date Signature & Rank

Civil War-Date Signature, with rank, “Wade Hampton, Brig. Genl.” on a ½” x 3 ½” slip of paper, removed from a Confederate requisition document.



# 6814

Confederate Brigadier General – Kentucky; Brother-in-Law of Abraham Lincoln

A West Point graduate, attorney, and antebellum Kentucky state legislator, Helm married the half sister of Mary Todd Lincoln in 1856. When the Civil War broke out five years later, he declined a position in the Federal Army, offered by President Lincoln; instead joining the Confederate cause, Helm organized and led the 1st Kentucky Cavalry. Promoted brigadier general just before the battle of Shiloh, Helm saw action at Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, and Chickamauga, where he was mortally wounded while leading a brigade under Confederate Major General John C. Breckinridge in the Army of Tennessee.

War-Date Signature, “B.H. Helm, Brig[adier] Gen[era]l Com[man]d[ing],” an extremely rare example on a 1 ½” x 3” slip of paper, removed from a letter.



# 7838

(3) Documents, the largest 8 ½ x 9”, two others 7 ¾” x 7 ¾”, partly printed forms, Tampa, Florida, imprinted “REDEMPTION CERTIFICATE, STATE OF FLORIDA, Hillsborough County.” Concerning land in Tampa, Florida that was sold for non-payment of taxes, and signed SECRETARIALLY for Circuit Court Clerk Henry L. Mitchell, former governor of Florida, two documents are dated December 27, 1900, and convey “…Lot 8 Mugges sub…of Mitchells sub” to “J. Henry Krause.” Dated November 11, 1898, the largest of the three conveys “Lot 10, Blk. 17, Highland Park” to the same individual.

Born in Germany, John Henry Krause settled in Tampa in 1855, worked as a blacksmith and wagon manufacturer, and served in the 7th Florida Infantry, Confederate, during the Civil War. He was involved in numerous business ventures afterward, most notably as a partner in the Hava-Tampa Cigar Company.

The family of Henry Laurens Mitchell moved from near Birmingham, Alabama to Tampa, Florida when young Mitchell was fifteen years old. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar at the age of eighteen. He enlisted in the Confederate Army at Tampa on June 6, 1861 as first lieutenant, rising to the rank of captain in the 4th Florida Infantry before resigning to take his elected seat in the Florida House of Representatives in 1863. He was re-elected in 1873 and 1875, served as associate justice in the Florida Supreme Court, 1888-91, Florida governor, 1893-97, and circuit court clerk and treasurer for Hillsborough County until his death in 1903.

Worthy of further research as to the disposition of the land, the documents exhibit the expected horizontal folds, along with several minor stains and small edge nicks and tears. As illustrated, one of the smaller documents has paper loss in the left margin, not affecting the text of the document.

Price: $125.00

HUNTON, EPPA (1822-1908)

# 7523

Confederate Brigadier General – Virginia; U.S. Congressman – Virginia – 1873-81; U.S. Senator – Virginia – 1892-95

After entering Confederate service as colonel of the 8th Virginia Infantry, Hunton served with the Army of Northern Virginia from First Manassas until his capture at Sayler’s Creek in 1865. He was wounded-in-action in Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. After the war, Hunton resumed the practice of law and served in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.

Signature, possibly war-date, with the rank Hunton held from August 9, 1863 through war’s end, “Eppa Hunton, Brig. Genl.,” on a 1” x 3 ½” slip of paper.

Boldly signed, with minor show-through of old glue staining on the reverse.

Price: $650.00


# 6840

Wife of Confederate Lieutenant General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson

Autograph Letter Signed, two pages, on individual 5” x 8” sheets, with social content to a recipient identified only as Mrs. Norcross. It is very likely that Mrs. Jackson was in California at this time to be near her daughter, Julia Jackson Christian, shortly before she gave birth to a daughter, also named Julia, on June 5, 1887.

San Diego, California, March 21st 1887. My dear Mrs. Norcross, Yours of the 13th has just found me in California! as you will see from the heading of my letter. I am very sorry that we missed seeing you as you passed through Richmond, for it would have given both my daughter and myself sincere pleasure to meet you again. This is a changing and uncertain world. We had no idea one year ago that we would now be in this far off land, but Providence seemed to guide us here, and we find a most charming climate, and have been blest with good health. We hope our sojourn here may be only temporary, and that we may be permitted to return to Virginia in a few years at best. We will trust to be more fortunate in meeting you the next time you come south. With our kind regards and best wishes, I am Sincerely yours, M.A. Jackson. P.O. Box 312.”

Both sheets are lightly and evenly toned, with the usual horizontal folds.



# 7035

Confederate Lieutenant General – Virginia

After entering Confederate service as Colonel of Virginia Militia, Jackson earned the sobriquet "Stonewall" at First Manassas, serving brilliantly from the Valley Campaign through Second Manassas, Sharpsburg, and Chancellorsville. He was accidentally wounded by his own troops while returning from a personal reconnaissance of the Union position at Chancellorsville, and died on May 10, 1863.

War-Date Document Signed, 4 ½” x 6 ½”, May 1, 1861, as early-war colonel of Virginia Volunteers, “T.J. Jackson, Col. Va. Vols.,” a partly printed field-press requisition for pens and pen holders, accomplished in another hand.

There is slightly heavier toning along the right edge, with two horizontal folds, and the document is closely trimmed at the bottom, affecting several letters in Jackson’s rank.


KANSAS-NEBRASKA ACT – Southern Congressmen Petition the Attorney General for a Pro-Slavery Judicial Appointment in the New Territories

# 6833

Letter Signed, 8” x 10”, a manuscript petition signed by five Democratic U.S. Congressmen from the South: James L. Seward - Georgia; Elijah W. Chastain - Georgia; Alfred H. Colquitt - Georgia; William B.W. Dent - Georgia; Sampson W. Harris – Alabama. Addressing Attorney General Caleb Cushing just two days after the U.S. Senate approved the Kansas-Nebraska Act, the letter recommends the appointment of Edward R. Harden, formerly a Democratic state congressman in Georgia, to a judicial post in the new territories.

Washington City, March 6, 1854. Hon[orable] Caleb Cushing. The undersigned beg leave to recommend to your favorable consideration Edward R. Harden of Georgia as worthy of an appointment to the office of Associate Judge for the territory of Nebraska or Kansas in the event of the organization of those Territories. Mr. Harden is a man of high character & distinguished legal ability & would fill this office with honor to himself & to the Country. It will not be improper to say that Mr. Harden is a democrat & a warm & ardent friend of the administration, and we hope it will be consistent with your views of the public interest to confer upon him the appointment asked. Respectfully, James L. Seward, E.W. Chastain, Alfred H. Colquitt, Wm. B.W. Dent, Sampson W. Harris.
Passed by the U.S. Senate on the morning of March 4, 1854, destined for approval by the U.S. House of Representatives, and signed by pro-southern President Franklin Pierce on May 30, 1854, the Kansas-Nebraska Act introduced the provision of popular sovereignty, allowing the issue of slavery to be decided by a vote of the settlers in the new territories. Immigrants on both sides of the slavery question soon converged on Kansas and Nebraska, setting the stage for clashes, some violent, between the factions. Likewise, the signers of this petition immediately seized the opportunity to influence the territorial judiciary. Their effort was amply rewarded, as Harden was soon appointed justice on the Nebraska Territory Supreme Court, serving from 1854 to 1857.

During the Civil War, Edward Harden served as Confederate colonel, Elijah Chastain served as lieutenant colonel of the First Georgia Infantry, and Alfred Colquitt rose to the rank of brigadier general in Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.

Condition is excellent, with the expected light toning and folds.



# 7538

Confederate Brigadier General - Alabama

An 1836 West Point graduate and officer of engineers, Leadbetter's primary function during the Civil War was in the construction of defenses and fortifications, most notably at Mobile, Chattanooga, and Knoxville.

Document Signed, 2” x 7 ½”, Mobile, Alabama, "D. Leadbetter, Col[onel] & Eng[inee]r,” with the manuscript portion of the date also accomplished by Leadbetter, “Feby. 23, 1861,a printed early Confederate receipt for stores received from Alabama Quartermaster General Duff Green - less than two months before the outbreak of the Civil War.

Price: $495.00

LEE, FITZHUGH (1835-1905)

# 7518

Confederate Major General - Virginia

A nephew of Robert E. Lee, Fitzhugh Lee directed cavalry during Jeb Stuart’s ride around McClellan, and fought from Antietam and Gettysburg through Appomattox. He served as post-war Governor of Virginia.

War-Date Endorsement Signed

Civil War-Date Endorsement Signed, on a 1 ¼” x 4” slip of paper, removed from a larger document.

“Approved, Fitz Lee, Brig[adier] Gen[era]l Com[man]d[in]g.”

Excellent overall, with minor show-through of old glue staining from the reverse.

Price: $650.00

LEE, ROBERT E. (1807-70)

# 6212

Confederate General & Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia

Returning the Remains of a Young Lieutenant Who Died in Texas to His Father in Pennsylvania

Autograph Letter Signed, 8” x 10”, to John Dick, a prominent Pennsylvania banker and businessman, later a U.S. Congressman from 1853 to 1859. While in command of his first fort, Camp Cooper, established in northern Texas to protect the frontier from hostile Indians, Lieutenant Colonel Robert E. Lee resends information relating to the return of the remains of Dick’s son, 2nd Lieutenant George McGunnigle Dick, in light of the possible loss of his previous letter on the subject. That communication, Lee suspects, may have been carried aboard the steamer Louisiana, when it burned and sank in the harbor of Galveston, Texas on May 31, 1857.

“Hon[ora]ble John Dick, Meadville, P[ennsylvani]a. Camp in Clear fork of Brazos, 13 July 1857. Dear Sir, Having seen a statement in the papers that the letters that had reached Indianola from about the 20 to the 30 May had all been lost in the mails shipped aboard the Steamer Louisiana, & as my letter to you of the 6 May should have been at Indianola about that time, I have determined to send to you a Copy, that you might see why your letter of 10 Sept. [18]’56 had been so long unack[nowledge]d, should the original have been lost, & that I had given such attention to your inquiries as I was able. I hope my letter of the 19th May reached you safely, & that you will have rec[eive]d w[ith] this the remains of your Son, forw[arde]d at that time to the Messrs. Thorps, who were also written to. I made arrangements for their shipment from Indianola, & have heard of their safe passage through San Antonio. With Sentiments of esteem & respect I am very resp[ectfull]y your Ob[edien]t Serv[an]t, R.E. Lee.”

During a forty-day expedition which scouted the headwaters of the Colorado, Brazos, and Wichita rivers, begun in early June, 1856, the four cavalry squadrons in Lee’s command had several encounters with hostile Comanche Indians. The available records indicate that Lieutenant Dick died at Camp Cooper on July 31, 1856 - just eight days after Lee’s return.  It is unknown if he died of wounds received during the expedition, or due to an illness or an injury that occurred at the notoriously harsh Camp Cooper.

The letter is in excellent condition, with slight discoloration along portions of the usual folds and superficial paper breaks at their intersections.


LEE, ROBERT E. (1807-70)

# 7506

Confederate General & Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia

Document Signed, 8” x 10 ½”, as President of Washington College, Lexington Virginia, April 28, 1867, “R.E. Lee,” the partly printed report card for a student, “Mr. Edwin T. Dumble,” in the subjects of Latin, Greek, and Mathematics.

Born in Madison, Indiana in 1852, Edwin Dumble moved to Galveston, Texas with his family as an infant. His education at Washington College was twice interrupted by reversals in his father’s cotton and lumber businesses. He later served as an executive in several oil companies – most notably the Southern Pacific, the Rio Bravo, and the East Coast Oil Companies - and as Texas State Geologist from 1887 to 1897. In 1924, Dumble received a doctorate of science from his early alma mater, now Washington and Lee University, before retiring to Virginia. He died in 1927.

In excellent condition overall, the document is lightly and evenly toned, with a few superficial stains. There are two small pinholes along one of the usual folds, none of which passes through Lee’s signature.



# 6923

Confederate Lieutenant General – South Carolina

Longstreet saw action from First Manassas through Appomattox, becoming Lee’s senior lieutenant general in the Army of Northern Virginia. He held post-war positions in the Grant, McKinley, and Roosevelt administrations.

An Autograph for a Collector – at the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

Signature, with sentiment, “Yours Truly, James Longstreet,” on the third page of a folded 5” x 8” letter-sheet. The autograph has been executed for one Edgar T. Read, whose letter requesting Longstreet’s signature is situated on the first letter-sheet page. Interestingly, Read’s query was made on the thirtieth anniversary of the first day’s fighting at Gettysburg.

314 N. Monroe Street, Baltimore, July 1, 1893. General James Longstreet, Gainesville, G[eorgi]a. Sir: I take the liberty of writing, and asking of you a favor. I am endeavoring to obtain a small collection of autographic letters &c. of Confederate Generals. The late Gen. Beauregard was kind enough to be the first of my collection. If it is not too much trouble, may I hope for a reply from You? Yours respectfully, Edgar T. Read.”

The letter-sheet is lightly and evenly toned, with several superficial edge chips, and there are old mounting remnants on the second page; slightly heavier toning around Longstreet’s signature detracts very little.



# 7517

Confederate Lieutenant General – South Carolina

Longstreet saw action from First Manassas through Appomattox, becoming Lee’s senior lieutenant general in the Army of Northern Virginia. He held post-war positions in the Grant, McKinley, and Roosevelt administrations.

War-Date Endorsement Signed

Civil War-Date Endorsement Signed, on a 1 ¾” x 3 ¼” slip of paper, removed from a larger document.

Respectfully forwarded, J. Longstreet, L[ieutenan]t Gen[era]l.”

While post-war manuscripts by Longstreet are readily available, war-date examples are seldom encountered. This endorsement, distinctly signed by Longstreet with his right hand, can be dated to the war-time period before the Battle of the Wilderness, May 5 & 6, 1864, where a severe wound forced Longstreet to use his left hand for writing for many years afterward.


MAURY, DABNEY H. (1822-1900)

# 7527

Confederate Major General – Virginia

After serving with distinction in the U.S. Army, Maury was dismissed on June 25, 1861 for “expressing treasonable designs.” He subsequently served on Van Dorn’s staff and fought at Pea Ridge, Iuka, Corinth, Vicksburg, and Mobile, defending that city until the end of the war.

War-Date Signature

Civil War-Date Signature, “Dabney H. Maury, Major Genl. Com[man]d[in]g,on a 1 ¼” x 4 ¾” slip of paper, removed from a larger document.

There is show-through from several stains on the reverse.

Price: $325.00


# 6990

Confederate Major General - Georgia

A West Point graduate and Mexican War veteran, McLaws entered Confederate service as colonel of the 10th Georgia Infantry, subsequently seeing action on the Peninsula, and at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg.

Signature, with closing and the Mexican War-period rank McLaws held from March 16, 1844 until February 16, 1847, “Respectfully, L.M. McLaws, 2nd Lieut[enant] 7th Inf[antry],” on a 1” x 3 ¼” slip of paper, removed from a letter; affixed to a larger card.

Closely clipped at the top, with light, even toning.


MILLER, WILLIAM (1820-1909)

# 7537

Confederate Brigadier General – Florida

A New York native and former resident of Louisiana, Miller served under Zachary Taylor in the Mexican War. Having settled near Pensacola, Florida afterward, he led the 1st Florida Infantry during Bragg’s invasion of Kentucky and at Perryville. Miller was wounded at Murfreesboro, after which he commanded the reserve forces of Florida during the last year of the war.

Signature, from later life, “W. Miller,” on a 2” x 5 ¼” lightly toned slip of paper, with the notation, “Brig. Genl. Confederate Army during Civil War,” in another hand beneath.


MYERS, ABRAHAM C. (1833-89)

# 6915

Confederate Colonel & Quartermaster General; When Established in 1850, Ft. Myers, Florida was Named in His Honor

A South Carolina native and West Point graduate, Myers was twice brevetted for gallantry in the Mexican War, also seeing action in the Florida Seminole Wars; the new post of Ft. Myers, Florida was named in his honor by his father-in-law, General David E. Twiggs, when it was permanently established in 1850. Myers was appointed quartermaster general of the Confederacy in early 1861. As the highest ranking Jewish Confederate officer of the war, he served in that capacity until replaced by Jefferson Davis in mid-1863, and saw no Confederate service thereafter. After the war, Myers became a tobacco merchant in Georgia.

Letter Signed, 8” x 10”. As Assistant Quartermaster in the U.S. Army, Myers sends information concerning the shipment of clothing to “Lieut[enant] D.B. Forsythe, Recruiting Service, Chicago,” the notation “Received Chicago, Illinois, June 12th 1857,” also in a clerical hand, confirming its arrival.

“Ass[istan]t Q[ua]r[ter]m[aster]s Office, New York, June 9th 1857. Sir, I have forwarded to your address by The New York and Erie Rail Road the packages of Clothing described in the enclosed Invoice and Bill [of] Lading and will thank you to advice me of their receipt. I am Sir Very Respectfully Your Ob[edien]t Serv[an]t, A.C. Myers…

The letter has light wear and scattered foxing, along with a few small edge tears; there are four small holes, from past binding, in the left margin.

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