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Lot 8: April 2, 1865 WILLIAM BIRNEY Autograph Letter Signed

Historic Autographs, Civil War Encased Postage Stamps, Colonial, Revolutionary War, Federal Era, Coins, Currency, Medals

by Early American

December 10, 2016

Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USA

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  • April 2, 1865 WILLIAM BIRNEY Autograph Letter Signed
  • April 2, 1865 WILLIAM BIRNEY Autograph Letter Signed
  • April 2, 1865 WILLIAM BIRNEY Autograph Letter Signed
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Description: Autographs
1865 Union Civil War General William Birney ALS
WILLIAM BIRNEY (1819-1907). Union Civil War General, Professor, Abolitionist.
April 2, 1865-Dated Civil War, Autograph Letter Signed, "Wm Birney", 1 page, 6.25" x 7.75", Head Quarter, 2d Division, 25th Corps, Army of the James, Choice Very Fine. Written on a clean sheet and easily readable with his huge signature prominent, to an unidentified recipient, this Letter reads in full:

"Colonel, -- Your favor of the 23rd ult. is at hand. It gives me pleasure to comply with the request of a brother officer. Very truly, Your obedient servant, - (Signed) Wm. Birney, Brig. General Comg."

Light toning around the margins and typical folds. Mounting remnants on verso. An embossed eagle is in upper left corner. War date letter just a few weeks before the surrender at Appomatox. A scarce Union General's signature on a War date Letter.


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