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ALLEN, HENRY W. (1820-66)

# 7530

Confederate Brigadier General; Confederate Governor of Louisiana - 1864-65

A Virginia native and Louisiana state legislator, Allen led the 4th Louisiana Infantry at Shiloh and Baton Rouge, being wounded at both battles. He was elected Confederate governor of Louisiana in early 1864, serving until the conclusion of the war.

Signature, on a 1 ¼ x 3 ½” slip of paper, removed from a letter, “Henry W. Allen, Gov[ernor] L[ouisian]a.” This autograph is probably of war date, as Allen became Confederate governor of Louisiana in January 1864, and fled to Mexico immediately after the surrender of the Confederate Department of the Trans-Mississippi on June 2, 1865.  

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BARTON, SETH M. (1829-1900)

# 7546

Confederate Brigadier General

A West Point graduate, Barton began his Confederate service as lieutenant colonel of the 3rd Arkansas Infantry, afterward serving under Stonewall Jackson in the Valley District. He was captured at Vicksburg and exchanged, and was again taken prisoner on April 6, 1865 at Sayler’s Creek, Virginia.

Signed Card, 2 ¼” x 3 ¼”, with Confederate rank also in Barton’s hand, “S.M. Barton, late Brig. Genl. C.S.A.”

The card bears light soiling and wear, and there are old mounting remnants on the reverse.

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BEAUREGARD, PIERRE G.T. (1818-93)

# 6868

Confederate General - Louisiana

Beauregard commanded the forces which started the Civil War by shelling Fort Sumter, and he went on to serve with distinction at First Manassas, Shiloh, and in the defense of Richmond.

Signature, “G.T. Beauregard, 1879,” on a 2 ¾” x 5 ¼” slip of paper, with the collector’s notation “General G.T. Beauregard, February 4th 1879on the reverse.

The autograph is accompanied by a period steel engraving, depicting Beauregard in Confederate uniform.

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BEAUREGARD, PIERRE G.T. (1818-93)

# 7150

Confederate General - Louisiana

Beauregard commanded the forces which started the Civil War by shelling Fort Sumter, and he went on to serve with distinction at First Manassas, Shiloh, and in the defense of Richmond.

Autograph Letter Signed, two pages, front and reverse of a 5 ½” x 9” sheet. Responding to an invitation to take part in a veterans’ tour of the battlefield of First Manassas, Beauregard lists twelve of the Confederate commanders engaged in the battle.


New Orleans, June 20/ [18]88.

Mr. J.H. Tourjee, Norwich, Connecticut.

Dear Sir,

Your favor of the 17th inst[ant] has been received. I think quite favorably of the project you refer to, of an excursion to the Battle field of the 1st Manassas * by the survivors of both Armies, North & South, who participated in that first great battle of the late War. Should my engagements permit it, I would be glad to be present on that interesting occasion.

*on July 21st 1889

I have not time to give you many names of those who were prominent in that battle, but here are a few:

Gen. Jos. E. Johnston, Washington, D.C.; Wade Hampton, U.S. Senate; M.L. Bonham, Columbia, S.C.; J.B. Kershaw; G.W. Smith…New York City; Thos. Jordan, 61 Broadway, [New York City]; Col. A.R. Chisholm; Govr. F.T. Nichols, Baton Rouge, La.; Col. D.B. Penn, New Orleans; Judge S.D. McEnery, Supreme Court; [Judge] H.B. Kelly, Court of Appeals.

I am, y[ou]rs very truly,
G.T. Beauregard


The sheet is lightly and evenly toned, with minor separation at the edges of two horizontal folds, and there is heavier wear and soiling along the folds on the reverse.

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BEE, HAMILTON P. (1822-97)

# 7541

Confederate Brigadier General – Texas; Brother of Killed-in-Action Confederate General Barnard Bee; Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives – 1855-57

A resident of Texas from an early age, Bee served in the Mexican War as lieutenant of Texas Rangers. Elected to the Texas State Legislature in 1849, he served a term as house speaker, 1855-57. Bee was stationed in southern Texas during the early years of the Civil War, and went on to serve in the 1864 Red River Campaign and in Indian Territory at the war’s end.

Signed Card, 2” x 3 ¾”, with rank and the command Bee held after the death of Confederate General Thomas Green in the fighting at Blair’s Landing, Louisiana on April 12, 1864 also in Bee's hand - thus, erroneously dated “1862” in an unidentified hand in the lower left corner,

“Hamilton P. Bee, Brigadier General C.S.A., Bee’[s] Division Cavalry, Green’s Corps.”

The card is lightly and evenly toned, with a few stains, and there are old mounting remnants on the reverse.

Price: $595.00
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BROOKS, PRESTON S. (1819-57)

# 6683

U.S. Congressman – South Carolina – 1853-57

A Mexican War veteran and two-term Democratic representative from South Carolina, Brooks is most remembered for severely beating abolitionist Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner in the Senate chamber on May 22, 1856, two days after Sumner’s impassioned speech denouncing the Kansas-Nebraska Act.

Signature, as antebellum U.S. Congressman from South Carolina, P.S. Brooks, Ninety Six. So[uth] Carolina,” on a 1 ¾” x 5 ¾” portion of an album page.

 
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CAMPBELL, JOHN A. (1811-89)

# 7544

Confederate Assistant Secretary of War; U.S. Supreme Court Justice – 1853-61

War-Date Autograph Endorsement Signed

Civil War-Date Autograph Endorsement Signed, “A[djutant] G[eneral] For attention. By order of Sec[retar]y of War, J.A. Campbell, A[ssistant] S[ecretary] [of] W[ar], 23 June [18]63,” on a 1 ¾” x 3” slip of paper, removed from a Confederate document.

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DAVIDSON, HENRY B. (1831-99)

# 7520

Confederate Brigadier General – Tennessee

A Mexican War veteran and West Point graduate, Davidson served at Ft. Donelson, and was captured by Union forces under John Pope at Island No. 10. Subsequently exchanged, he led a brigade in Joseph Wheeler’s Confederate Cavalry during the Chattanooga campaign, and held a late-war cavalry command under Jubal Early.

War-Date Signature

Civil War-Date Signature, with closing and rank also in Davidson’s hand “I have the honor to be Very Respectfully, Your Ob[edien]t S[er]v[an]t, H.B. Davidson, Col[onel] Com[man]d[in]g,” on a 2” x 3 ½” slip of paper, removed from a letter. 

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DAVIS, VARINA HOWELL (1826-1906)

# 6602

First Lady of the Confederacy


DAVIS, VARINA ANNE (1864-1898)  Daughter of Jefferson & Varina Davis; Known as the “Daughter of the Confederacy”

Signed Album Page, 4” x 7”, “Varina Jefferson Davis.,” also signed and dated by the Davis’s daughter, Winnie, at their Mississippi home, “Varina Anne Davis, Beauvoir, Miss., Nov 5th 1893,” with the collector’s biographical notations in the lower margin.

Overall condition is excellent, with light, even toning.

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FALCONER, KINLOCH (1838-78)

# 7545

Confederate Major & Assistant Adjutant General; Served on the Staffs of Confederate Generals John B. Villepigue, Joseph Johnston & Braxton Bragg

Signature, with Falconer’s Confederate rank also in his hand, "Kinloch Falconer, A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral],” on a 1” x 3” slip of paper.

The paper is lightly and evenly toned, with old glue staining on the reverse.

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NewFORREST, NATHAN BEDFORD (1821-77)

# 7510

Confederate Lieutenant General – Tennessee

Forrest rose from private in the 7th Tennessee Cavalry to lieutenant general, and is often regarded as the foremost cavalry commander in American history.

Signature, “N.B. Forrest, Memphis,” an exceptional example on a 2 ¼” x 4 ¼” portion of an album page.

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FORREST, NATHAN BEDFORD (1821-77)

# 7512

Confederate Lieutenant General – Tennessee

Forrest rose from private in the 7th Tennessee Cavalry to lieutenant general, and is often regarded as the foremost cavalry commander in American history.

Signature, “N.B. Forrest,” on a ½” x 3” portion of a larger document, probably a check.

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FRY, BIRKETT D. (1822-91)

# 6826

Confederate Brigadier General – Alabama

A Mexican War veteran who had attended both Virginia Military Institute and West Point, Fry led the 13th Alabama at Seven Pines, Sharpsburg, and Chancellorsville. After recovering from wounds received in all three battles, Fry participated in Pickett’s charge at Gettysburg, where he was again wounded and captured. He was exchanged and returned to service before the siege of Petersburg and commanded a district in Georgia, headquartered at Augusta.

War-Date Document Signed, 8” x 13”, Augusta, Georgia, October 12, 1864, “B.D. Fry, Brig[adier] Gen[eral] Commanding Post,a partly printed clothing requisition for soldiers confined in the hospital there. Of the eight Confederates listed, two of the four from Florida regiments were wounded at the battle of Chickamauga, a third at Atlanta. Most notably, Fourth Florida Infantry Private James Herndon, wounded at Chickamauga, was later captured and confined at Camp Chase, Ohio, where he died of disease on April 4, 1865.

There are three vertical folds and several small holes in the center and in the upper margin, none affecting the text of the document.

Price: $2450.00
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GARROTT, ISHAM W. (1816-63)

# 7536

Confederate Brigadier General - Alabama

A North Carolina native, Garrott moved to Alabama in 1840, serving two terms in the state legislature. When the Civil War broke out, he recruited and was named colonel of the 20th Alabama Infantry. Garrott saw action with the unit at Port Gibson and Vicksburg, where he was killed-in-action in the city’s defenses on June 17, 1863.

War-Date Endorsement Signed

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

“Approved & respectfully forwarded, I.W. Garrott, Col[onel] 20th Reg[imen]t Al[abam]a Vol[unteer]s.

The paper bears general soiling and wear, and there are old mounting remnants on the reverse.

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GARTRELL, LUCIUS J. (1821-91)

# 7519

Confederate Brigadier General – Georgia; Confederate Congressman - Georgia; U.S. Congressman – Georgia – 1857-61

A pre-war U.S. Congressman, Gartrell organized & led the 7th Georgia Infantry at First Manassas. He subsequently served a term in the Confederate Congress, returned to military service in 1864, and was wounded while opposing William Tecumseh Sherman’s late-war advance into South Carolina.

Signature, with closing also in Gartrell’s hand, "Very Respectfully, Your ob[edian]t serv[an]t, Lucius J. Gartrell,” on a 1 ¾” x 4” slip of paper, removed from a handwritten letter as pre-war U.S. Congressman from Georgia. The dated heading, “House of Rep[resentative]s, Dec[embe]r 9, 1858,” also in Gartrell’s hand on a 1 ¼” x 4” portion of the letter, is included.

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GATES, ELIJAH (1827-1915)

# 6989

Confederate Colonel – 1st Missouri Cavalry; U.S. Marshal – Western District of Missouri; Missouri State Treasurer-1877-81

A Kentucky native and Buchanan County, Missouri resident, Gates led the 1st Missouri Cavalry under Sterling Price, later Confederate Generals Bowen, Forney, and French. He had four horses shot from under him during the war, being captured three times and wounded five times, losing an arm at the Battle of Franklin. After the war, Gates returned to Missouri, serving as Buchanan County Sheriff, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Missouri, and State Treasurer.

War-Date Signed Card, 2” x 3 ¼”, as 1st Missouri Cavalry Commander, “Elijah Gates, Col. Commanding 1st Mo. Cavalry C.S.A.”

The card is lightly and evenly toned, with a few small stains.

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GIBSON, RANDALL L. (1832-92)

# 6823

Confederate Brigadier General – Louisiana; U.S. Senator – Louisiana – 1883-92

As colonel, Gibson led the 13th Louisiana Infantry at Shiloh, in the Kentucky campaign, and at Chickamauga. Subsequently promoted to brigadier general, he served with distinction at Atlanta, during Hood's late-war invasion of Tennessee, and in the defense of Spanish Fort, Alabama. An attorney by profession, Gibson served as U.S. Congressman, Regent of the Smithsonian Institution, and president of the board of administrators for Tulane University after the war.

Rounding up Deserters from the 13th Louisiana for the Battles of Franklin and Nashville

War-Date Autograph Endorsement Signed, on the reverse of a letter, 8” x 10”, directing 13th Louisiana Captain James Lingan to Jackson, Mississippi to apprehend “absentees and deserters” from the regiment. The officer to whom Captain Lingan is ordered to report, Major Michael O. Tracey, was severely wounded at the battle of Murfreesboro on December 31, 1862, requiring the amputation of his right leg.


“H[ea]d Q[uarte]rs Gibson’s Brigade, Florence, Ala[bama], Nov[ember] 10th 1864. Captain James Lingan will proceed to Mobile or to any other point than Jackson at which he may ascertain Major Tracy to be stationed. R.L. Gibson, Brig. Genl.”
The field order to which Gibson is responding, desirably imprinted from the Army of Tennessee Headquarters of Commanding General John B. Hood, through Confederate Lieutenant General Stephen D. Lee, in full:

“Head-Quarters Army of Tennessee. In the Field, November 9th 1864. Field Special Orders No. 144…The following named Officers of Gibson’s Brigade are detailed for Sixty (60) days, and will report to Major M.O. Tracy, 13th La. Regt., at Jackson, Miss. for the purpose of collecting all absentees and deserters from Gibson’s Brigade. Captain James Lingan, Co. B., Austin’s Battalion. By Command of General Hood, Jas. Cooper, Capt. & A.A.A.G.”


Forced from Atlanta by Union General William Tecumseh Sherman two months earlier, Hood’s Army of Tennessee had by late October 1864 moved into northern Alabama, capturing Florence and positioning itself to strike at Nashville. Aware of his desperate situation, Hood attempts in this order to gather all remaining men available for the upcoming offensive. Just three weeks later, Hood’s army was nearly destroyed at the battle of Franklin, where Generals Cleburne, Gist, Adams, Strahl, Carter, and Granbury were killed or mortally wounded.

Several junior officers and adjutants have further endorsed the document, and there are three official stamps from the Quartermasters Department in Selma, Alabama at mid-left. There is general soiling and wear throughout, and crude archival tape reinforcement of two folds on the letter side, opposite Gibson’s endorsement, could easily be repaired by a professional conservator.

Price: $1600.00
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GILMER, JEREMY F. (1818-83)

# 7552

Confederate Major General – North Carolina

A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Gilmer was wounded at the battle of Shiloh while serving as chief engineer to Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston, who was killed in the first day’s fighting. Afterward, he served as chief engineer in the Department of Northern Virginia and of the Confederate War Department.

War-Date Autograph Endorsement Signed

Civil War-Date Autograph Endorsement Signed, “Returned disapp[rove]d. J.F. Gilmer, Maj. Genl,” on a 2 ½” x 3 ½” slip of paper, removed from a larger Confederate document. Above Gilmer’s endorsement is the initialed notation of Confederate War Secretary James Seddon, “Not accepted. J.S.S. 22 Sep[tember] [18]64.”

The paper has general soiling and wear, and it has been tipped to a slightly larger sheet.

Price: $950.00
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GOODMAN, WALTER A. (?-?)

# 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.

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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.

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NewGRACIE, ARCHIBALD, JR. (1832-64)

# 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.

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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.

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HELM, BENJAMIN HARDIN (1831-63)

# 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.

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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
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JACKSON, MARY ANNA MORRISON (1831-1915)

# 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.

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JACKSON, THOMAS J. "STONEWALL” (1824-63)

# 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.

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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.

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LEADBETTER, DANVILLE (1811-66)

# 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
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NewLEE, 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
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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.

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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.

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LONGSTREET, JAMES (1821-1904)

# 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.

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NewLONGSTREET, JAMES (1821-1904)

# 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.

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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.

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McLAWS, LAFAYETTE (1821-97)

# 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.

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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.

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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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PICKENS, FRANCIS W. (1805-69)

# 6855

Confederate Governor of South Carolina – 1860-62; U.S. Congressman – South Carolina – 1834-43

Civil War-Date Autograph Letter Signed, 8” x 10”, on imprinted stationery as Confederate Governor of South Carolina. Shortly after the outbreak of war, Pickens instructs the commissary general in the payment and distribution of rations for troops in the new South Carolina regiments.

4 June 1861To Commissary Gen[era]l Walker. Sir, I rec[eive]d yours of this inst[ant]. Capt[ain] Elliot’s company appear to have rec[eive]d rations at 40 c[en]ts – and the service was for twenty four days – and the highest Army ration is 30 c[en]ts. The $488.10 is the highest one paid. This of course includes beef & vegetables, & the bill for $151.75 cannot be allowed. As to temporary supplies to Gen[era]l Garlington, Col[one]l Rion, and Col[one]l Blandings command, you might furnish for a day or so. Please see that the supplies left by Cash’s reg[imen]t at Florence are taken care of & held or brought to the city, & so of Burns & Jenkins & all the other reg[imen]ts. F.W. Pickens.”

There is light, even toning, along with two horizontal folds and smudging of ink to several letters of text.

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PRESTON, JOHN S. (1809-81)

# 7533

Confederate Brigadier General - Virginia

A Virginia native and pre-war attorney, Preston served on the staff of Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard during the bombardment of Ft. Sumter and at the battle of First Manassas. He later served in command of conscript and prison camps, and as superintendant of the Confederate Bureau of Conscription in Richmond.

War-Date Signature

Civil War-Date Signature, with the rank Preston held from April 23, 1863 until June 10, 1864 in another hand, Jno. S. Preston, Col[onel] A[ssistant] A[djutant] Genl. Com[man]d[in]g,” on a 2” x 4 ½” slip of paper.

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PRESTON, WILLIAM CAMPBELL (1794-1860)

# 6751

U.S. Senator – South Carolina – 1833-42 – Nullifier & Whig Parties

A contemporary who served alongside John C. Calhoun as a U.S. Senator from South Carolina, Preston shared Calhoun’s views on nullification and states’ rights.

Autograph Letter Signed, 5” x 8”, undated, to a “Mrs. Gilman.”

“…My dear Madam, I am very sorry that our engagement at 5 o’clock this evening denies me the pleasure of accepting your polite invitation, which I should have been glad to do on many accounts. I promise myself to see you before I leave town. In the meantime I send a [?] and beg you to believe me D[ea]r Madam with great respect Y[ou]r ob[edien]t Serv[an]t, Wm. C. Preston.”

The letter-sheet bears light, even toning, light wear, and two horizontal folds.

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RANSOM, MATTHEW W. (1826-1904)

# 6825
Confederate Brigadier General -
North Carolina; U.S. Senator – North Carolina – 1875-92   
 
After enlisting as a private in the 1st North Carolina shortly after war broke out, Ransom led the 35th North Carolina from Seven Pines through the siege of Petersburg. He was wounded three times during the war, afterward serving as U.S. Senator from North Carolina, 1872-95.
 
“Let the Negroes have Christmas until Monday, that is long enough…”
 
War-Date Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pages, on two 8 ½” x 10 ¾” sheets. 
 
From the Confederate encampment in northern Virginia, Ransom sorrowfully writes to his wife just a few days before Christmas of the war’s first winter, discussing gifts for her and their children, the death of their daughter, and his loneliness at being away during the holiday. Ransom’s very detailed instructions for the operation of his North Carolina plantation include treatment of the slaves, in part – “…Let the Negroes have Christmas until Monday, that is long enough. And tell Dr. Roberts to put everything at the neck in charge of Jack until the new overseer comes… Tell Mr. Cox to see that all my sheep are gathered up & to give an order that no other Negroes are to come on the place during the Holidays…”
In full:                                                                   Camp Bee, Dec. 21st [18]61

My precious wife -
 
Yesterday I wrote you a short note from Fredericksburg. I hope the Geese will go safely & amuse the dear boys. There was nothing in the place to send them for Christmas. I trust tho that you can get something for them. I can not find a nice shoe here for you. Mr. Schlop tho’ will surely get them for you. I ordered from Messrs. Donnan & Johnston, Petersburg 30 lbs. nice white sugar to be sent you. I guess you will need some candles, etc., if so let me know and I will send you the money, or you can write immediately to Messrs. D & J & direct them to send me the bill. Be sure & have what you wish. I wish so much that your sister may come up. There is no danger from the sickness.
 
I can not tell you how sadly disappointed I am in not being to see you at Christmas. Col. Stokes wishes to go home & as I have been absent since he was, it is right that I should give way.
 
You must not think of it tho, darling, for the time will soon pass and we will be together. As soon as he returns I will go & that will not be very long. And yet for me I almost dread to go home. I hate so much to undergo afresh the pangs the place will revive. And that sorrow has been so heavy that this disappointment, bitter as it is, seems like nothing. I am not, precious, like I was at all. This grief has changed the face of the whole world to me and I can not recover from it. I fear now that I can see but little more pleasure in anything, but I will try very hard to do right and that will make everything better. How dark the House must now be to you, My own dearest child, that sweet light removed forever. But it will be so blessed to meet her in a brighter world, as I pray we all may. But I am too sad this morning to write you. I still love you, Sweetest, more sacredly & true than ever. But Oh, I do miss our little daughter so much.
 
I am greatly provoked at Mr. Branch. But tell Dr. Roberts (the overseer), if Allen is not seriously injured, to sell Mr. B. two mules - at $150 each - either Molly, Jolly, Bet, Fan, Ruben, Prince, Jim, Kate, or Jenny Ribbons. He can take any two of them at $300. I will not part with the others.
 
Let the Negroes have Christmas until Monday, that is long enough. And tell Dr. Roberts to put everything at the neck in charge of Jack until the new overseer comes.
 
Tell Dr. Roberts to make Mr. Branch get up all the tools, etc. & give him a list of them.
 
I will send you the balance of Mr. B's pay in a few days, unless Allen is injured; if he is I do not mean to pay him.
 
Tell Mr. Cox to keep on with me. He & I will bargain when I get home.
 
If the New Overseer at the neck has no bedding, You must do the best you can for him, but ask the Dr. to persuade him to furnish his own furniture, if I have to pay $25 extra for it, or even more.
 
Make them at both places (the two plantations) go right on & save the crop after Christmas.
 
I shall write to Mr. Newsum to hire Crawford again. After Christmas, Jarrall & Allen must both return to the River.
 
I do not wish the hogs killed until I go home.
 
If Rom sends his mare to our house have her well attended to & not used.
 
Tell Mr. Cox to see that all my sheep are gotten up & to give an order that no other Negroes are to come on the place during the Holidays.
 
Ask Dr. Roberts to drive down every day to the neck & see that the mules are fed & watered & the hogs attended to. A few days neglect will ruin them.
 
And in everything, my precious darling, do the best you can & just as you wish. 
 
I am feeling too badly this morning to write. I will be home surely by 1st Feb. 
 
Kiss the darling boys for me & tell them how I love them. 
 
Do write very often. I am very well today, but sad. 
 
I will write you almost daily.
 
With my whole soul.
 
                                                                          Yours forever,
                                                                          M.W. Ransom

Both sheets bear light soiling and wear, and several tears, mostly at or near the usual folds, have been neatly repaired with archival tape on their reverses.

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SHELLEY, CHARLES M. (1833-1907)

# 6819

Confederate Brigadier General - Alabama

A Tennessee native, Shelley recruited and led the 30th Alabama Infantry during the campaign and siege of Vicksburg, where he was captured and paroled. He subsequently saw action in all the battles of the Army of Tennessee from Chattanooga through Franklin, having been appointed brigadier general from September 17, 1864. After the war, Shelley served four consecutive terms as a Democratic U.S. Congressman from Alabama.

War-Date Endorsement Signed, “Approved & Respectfully forwarded. C.M. Shelley, Col[onel] Com[man]d[in]g,” on a 1 ¾” x 3 ¼” portion of a Confederate document.

While post-war autographs of Shelley are common, war-date pieces are rarely encountered. There is light, even toning, along with heavy mounting remnants on the reverse.

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STEPHENS, ALEXANDER H. (1812-83)

# 6476

Confederate Vice President - Georgia

Despite his unionist stance as congressman from Georgia, Stephens followed his native state to the Confederacy, becoming a representative in the Provisional Congress, a position he retained even after assuming the Vice Presidency. After the war, he returned to the U.S. House of Representatives from 1873 through 1882. 

Civil War-Date Autograph Letter Signed, three pages on a folded 4” x 6 ¼” letter-sheet, as Confederate Vice President, recommending a young engineer, Assistant Master of the Confederate Armory at Richmond, Virginia, Amassa Ring, formerly in the employ of the armory at Harpers Ferry, to Georgia Governor Joseph E. Brown. 

“Richmond, Va., 29 March 1862, His Excellency Joseph E. Brown, Milledgeville, Ga. Dear Sir, Mr. Amassa W. Ring, a engineer who is now 1st Ass[istan]t Master of the Confederate States Armory in this city wishes to get employment in the manufacture of arms in our state. I consider him well qualified – superior quality to Mr. Jones who I understand is now in the Service of the State. Mr. Ring is quite a mechanical genius – sober, young [?] comprehensive and combining in business some of the rarest and best qualities of a artful & practical man I ever saw combined in any one character. He was in the U.S. Coast Survey up to the secession of Ga. He after that went to Harpers Ferry & from there to this city. I feel assured if you have any business for such a man a better or fitter one cannot be got in the Confederacy if in the Government. Yours truly, Alexander H. Stephens.”

Just two weeks earlier, Union General George B. McClellan had begun floating the enormous Federal Army of the Potomac down the Chesapeake to the tip of the York-James Peninsula. Anticipating the imminent campaign to take Richmond, along with the possible evacuation of the city and abandonment of its military stores and production facilities, Stephens predictably takes a position favorable to his native state by suggesting Ring to Georgia Governor Joseph E. Brown. Despite McClellan’s failure to take Richmond in the spring of 1862, much of the South’s war industry was soon shifted to less threatened areas, most notably to the Confederate States Armory at Macon, Georgia.

Lightly and evenly toned, with the usual folds; brushing, spotting and offsetting of ink throughout.

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STEVENSON, CARTER L. (1817-88)

# 7547

Confederate Major General - Virginia

After entering Confederate service with the 53rd Virginia, Stevenson fought in the Kentucky campaign, at Vicksburg, and in all the battles of the Army of Tennessee from Chattanooga through Bentonville, except Franklin.

War-Date Endorsement Signed

Civil War-Date Endorsement Signed, “Resp[ectfull]y forwarded, C.L. Stevenson, Major Genl. Com[man]d[ing],” on a 1 ¾” x 3” slip of paper, removed from a larger Confederate document.

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THOMAS, WILLIAM H. (1805-93)

# 6780

Confederate Colonel - North Carolina; Commanded Thomas’s Cherokee Legion; White Chief of the Oconaluftee Cherokee

Document Signed, Charleston, South Carolina, June 13, 1838, “Wm. H. Thomas,” a partly printed 3 ¼” x 7” promissory note, payable to James W.Y. Watson for $258.82.

The document has light toning, soiling, and wear, along with the expected folds.

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VOLCK, ADALBERT J. (1828-1912)

# 7182

Bavarian-Born Political Cartoonist & Caricaturist

A dentist by vocation, Volck supported the Confederacy during the Civil War. He savaged President Lincoln and the Union cause in political cartoons, acted as a courier for Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and smuggled goods for the Confederate Army.

Autograph Document Signed, 4 ¼” x 7”, Baltimore, Maryland, April 26, 1878, “A.J. Volck,” a partly printed receipt for $37 on Volck’s Baltimore dental practice, received from a Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Neville; also fully accomplished by Volck, thus bearing a second signature in the heading.

The receipt is lightly and evenly toned, with light vertical folds.

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WALKER, HENRY H. (1832-1912)

# 7542

Confederate Brigadier General – Virginia

A Virginia native and West Point graduate, Walker led the 40th Virginia Infantry during the Seven Days, where he was wounded twice at Gaines’ Mill. Returning to his unit after recovering from the wounds, he saw action at the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House, where a severe wound caused the amputation of his foot.  Unfit for further field duty, Walker held a command defending the Richmond & Danville Railroad during the final weeks of the war.

War-Date Signature

Civil War-Date Signature, with rank in another hand, "H.H. Walker, Brig. General,on a 1” x 3 ¾” slip of paper, removed from a larger letter or document.

There is old glue staining on the reverse, which bears the military docketing, “Aug. 1, 1863,” in an unidentified hand.

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WAYNE, HENRY C. (1815-83)

# 6822

Confederate Brigadier General – Georgia

A West Point graduate and Mexican War veteran, Wayne’s primary Civil War service was as adjutant and inspector general of Georgia.

War-Date Document Signed, Milledgeville, Georgia, August 10, 1863, “Henry C. Wayne,” as adjutant and inspector general of Confederate Georgia, an imprinted 8 ½” x 11” form informing “Lt. J[ames M.] Smith, Talbotton, Geo[rgia]” of his appointment to “2nd Lieut[enant] of the old Guard in the Six months troops for local defence” by Governor Joseph Brown.

The document is evenly toned, with several folds and light creases, along with a few superficial edge tears.

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WHARTON, JOHN A. (1828-65)

# 7532

Confederate Major General - Texas

Born in Tennessee, Wharton moved to Texas with his family at an early age. He was a member of the state secession convention, and entered Confederate service as captain in a company of the 8th Texas Cavalry – Colonel B.F. Terry’s Texas Rangers. Wharton was wounded at the battle of Shiloh, served in the Kentucky campaign of 1862, held a cavalry command under Forrest and Wheeler at Murfreesboro and Chickamauga, and served in the Trans-Mississippi near the war’s end. He was killed on April 6, 1865 by 2nd Texas Cavalry Colonel George W. Baylor in a quarrel at a Houston, Texas hotel.

War-Date Signature

Civil War-Date Signature, Jno. A. Wharton, Brig. Genl. Com[man]d[in]g Cav[alry] Brig[ade],” on a ¾” x 4 ¼” slip of paper, removed from a Confederate letter or document.

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