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682 lots with images

February 19, 2014

Live Auction

98 Bohemia Avenue

2nd Floor

Chesapeake City, MD, 21915 USA

Phone: 203-276-1570

Fax: 203-883-1483

Email: sales@alexautographs.com

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JOHN HANCOCK - Current Bid: $1,900.00

Lot 810: JOHN HANCOCK - Current Bid: $1,900.00

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Description: JOHN HANCOCK (1737-1793) American Revolutionary politician and first signer of the Declaration of Independence, President of the Continental Congress and two-time Governor of Massachusetts. Fine partly-printed D.S. "John Hancock" as Governor of Massachusetts, 1p. sm. folio, Boston, Sep. 25, 1789, being the promotion of Hutchins Hapgood to the rank of: "Lieutenant of a Company in the third Regiment, second Brigade...of the militia of this Commonwealth comprehending the County of Worcester...". Boldly signed by Hancock at left beneath the blind-embossed paper seal. Three tiny holes at fold junctions do not detract from this document which is otherwise very good and beautifully matted in pale blue velvet with gold trim and with a delicately carved gilt wood frame.

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WILLIAM HOOPER

Lot 811: WILLIAM HOOPER

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Description: WILLIAM HOOPER (1742 - 1790) American Revolutionary leader, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a member of the Continental Congress (1774-77). D.S. "Will. Hooper" as attorney, with substantial portions of the document filled-out in Hooper's hand, 1p. legal folio, Salisbury, NC, Sept. 5, 1768, the complaint of planter William Shenwillen [?] of Anson County against James McNett, claiming that the latter: "...did Beat, Wound and ill treat [Shenwillen]...so that his life was greatly impaired of and then and there did other wrongs...to his great Damage and against the Peace of God and our Sovereign Lord...". Slight showthrough at center affects a few words of text, else very good.

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JAMES WILKINSON

Lot 812: JAMES WILKINSON

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Description: JAMES WILKINSON (1757 - 1825) American general, served as a captain in Benedict Arnold's unsuccessful Quebec campaign. Later he was Gen. Horatio Gates' deputy adjutant general in the Saratoga campaign and was given the honor of bringing to Congress the news of General Burgoyne's defeat. Wilkinson was also involved in the Conway Cabal, in scheming with Burr and in Spanish intrigues. Excellent content A.D.S. signed three times, 1p. 4to., Philadelphia, July 9, 1774 (with later amendments), a fancily-penned commitment by an obviously love struck Wilkinson to Nancy Biddle, a Quaker and member of a wealthy Pennsylvania family. This "contract", probably meant for no one's eyes but Wilkinson's, is written in three parts, each signed. The first: "...Witness Heaven, Earth and every Sacred Power, that I am hereby held & firmly bound by every Tie & Honour and Affection, to make a tender of my Heart, hand & fortune...to the very dear and truly amiable Miss Nancy Biddle...If I do not willingly, and with joy comply with this Obligation, may the divine Author...show his most direful Vengeance...". In the next entry, somewhat later, he tempers his promise: "...in case the above pattern of Female excellence should Marry...it shall be rendered Void and of no Effect; but should she continue in the present unengaged state, it shall be of full Force...". In the short period which followed, their relationship must have taken a blow, as on Oct. 15, 1774 he angrily attests: "The Lady to whom this Obligation was given, has since fell a sacrifice to the Joint diseases of Self-Conceit, Affectations and Coquetry; it is therefore Void...". Folds and a few trivial spots, else very good. Despite Wilkinson's oath and his legendary bad temper, four years later, on Nov. 12, 1778 he would marry Nancy Biddle...and thereby gain access to her family's very substantial wealth.

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STEPHEN ABBOT

Lot 813: STEPHEN ABBOT

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Description: STEPHEN ABBOT (1749 - 1813) American soldier, captain of scouts attached to Washington's headquarters at Cambridge. After the war he was appointed major general of the Second Division, Massachusetts Militia. Partly-printed D.S. as Major General, 2nd Division, 1p. folio, [Massachusetts], 1797, a signed true copy for a return of a regiment commanded by Col. Nathaniel Lovejoy listing officers, musicians, etc., boldly signed. Moderate soiling, framed.

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MOSES CLEAVELAND

Lot 814: MOSES CLEAVELAND

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Description: MOSES CLEAVELAND (1754 - 1806) Revolutionary War officer and founder of Cleveland, Ohio (1796) which was established on land Cleavland purchased from local Indians. Rare war-date partly-printed D.S., 1p. 12mo., Hartford, Dec. 1, 1779, a signed receipt for $433.50 received by Cleaveland from the Connecticut Loan Office as interest on two Continental Certificates issued in favor of Col. Aaron Cleaveland, his father and partner in the purchase of the Ohio lands. Fine.

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JAMES DUANE

Lot 815: JAMES DUANE

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Description: JAMES DUANE (1733 - 1797) Revolutionary patriot, member of the Continental Congress (1774 - 1784), assisted in the drafting of the Articles of Confederation. Partly-printed D.S., 12" x 3 1/2", New York, July 22, 1788, a summons of William Stimson on a charge of trespass. Two intentional vertical slits in document not affecting signature, in an old mat and frame. Very good.

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SAMUEL HOOD - Current Bid: $80.00

Lot 816: SAMUEL HOOD - Current Bid: $80.00

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Description: SAMUEL HOOD (1724 - 1816) British admiral, served with distinction in the Seven Years War, fought in many engagements in the American Revolution, including the victory over the French fleet under the Comte de Grasse (who had earlier defeated Hood) off Dominica. Boldly penned and franked postal cover, Bath, Jan. 18, 1816, nine days before his death, addressed to a lady in Portsmouth. Matted with a color reproduction of a painting of the admiral. Very good.

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MARIE JOSEPH DE LAFAYETTE - Current Bid: $260.00

Lot 817: MARIE JOSEPH DE LAFAYETTE - Current Bid: $260.00

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Description: MARIE JOSEPH DE LAFAYETTE (1757 - 1834) French statesman and military officer who served as a major general under Washington and was instrumental in the defeat of Cornwallis at Yorktown. A.L.S. "Lafayette", 1p. 4to., La Grange, Oct. 29, 1809 to" "Monsieur Fontanes Grand Master of the Imperial University", in French. Largely untranslated, but apparently referencing a candidate for a position within the institution, possibly Lafayette himself. With integral address leaf, very good.

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THOMAS MIFFLIN

Lot 818: THOMAS MIFFLIN

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Description: THOMAS MIFFLIN (1744 - 1800) American Revolutionary officer, President of the Continental Congress, major general, and member of the Constitutional Convention. Good content partly-printed D.S. as Governor, 1p. folio parchment, Philadelphia, June 7, 1789, a deed in which Michael Morgan O'Brien is recognized as the lawful purchaser of a block of land in the City of Philadelphia once owned by Loyalist Joseph Galloway, a delegate to the First Continental Congress and friend of Benjamin Franklin, his land confiscated at war's end. O'Brein purchased a prime piece of land bounded by Lombard, Front, Pine and Water Streets, next to a lot owned by printer John Dunlap as shown on verso. A few tiny holes, signature just a bit light, else very good.

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THOMAS PENN - Current Bid: $80.00

Lot 819: THOMAS PENN - Current Bid: $80.00

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Description: THOMAS PENN (1702 - 1775) Son of William Penn who managed the Pennsylvania proprietorship in person, resolved boundary disputes and eventually controlled 25 million acres of land. Manuscript D.S. "Tho Penn"1p. oblong folio on vellum, Philadelphia, Apr. 25, 1741, a grant of 120 acres of land to Jacob Marlin of Lancaster County "...Situate [on] Branch of Conestoga Creek..." Holes surrounding signature where seal and ribbon were once affixed, moderate toning at folds, light soiling, text light at folds, else very good condition with a nice, large signature.

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SPENCER PHIPS

Lot 820: SPENCER PHIPS

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Description: SPENCER PHIPS (1685 - 1757) Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, 1749-53. Bold signature cut from a document. Very good.

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JEAN-BAPTISTE DE ROCHAMBEAU - Current Bid: $200.00

Lot 821: JEAN-BAPTISTE DE ROCHAMBEAU - Current Bid: $200.00

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Description: JEAN-BAPTISTE DE ROCHAMBEAU (1725 - 1807) French Marshall who commanded French forces sent to aid the Americans in the Revolutionary War. With Washington, he was essential in the defeat of Cornwallis at Yorktown. A.L.S. 1p. 8vo., [n.p., n.d.], ca. 1790, in French. Largely untranslated but apparently setting forth instructions for a financial transaction.Boldly penned and signed, and in fine condition: a fine example for display.

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JONATHAN TRUMBULL

Lot 822: JONATHAN TRUMBULL

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Description: JONATHAN TRUMBULL (1710 - 1785) Governor of Connecticut during the American Revolution who was critical in providing necessary supplies to the Continental Army. Partly-printed D.S. as Governor, 1p. sm. folio, Hartford, May 19, 1806, an appointment of William Randall to serve as Major in the 30th Regiment of Militia. Co-signed by SAMUEL WYLLYS as Secretary. Engrossment is a bit light but legible, Trumbull's signature is very bold. Fold split.

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RICHARD VARICK

Lot 823: RICHARD VARICK

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Description: RICHARD VARICK (1753 - 1831) Revolutionary War officer, aide to Benedict Arnold and appointed by Washington to be Secretary for Continental Army records. Partly-printed D.S. as Mayor, 1p. legal folio, New York, Mar. 4, 1795, a permit allowing grocer William Moores to sell "strong or spiritous liquors in his Dwelling-House", provided he permit no: "Cock-Fighting, Gaming, or Playing with Cards or Dice…or Shuffle Board…". Some clean fold splits and wear at fold ends, else very good.

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SAMUEL B. WEBB

Lot 824: SAMUEL B. WEBB

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Description: SAMUEL B. WEBB (1753 - 1807) Continental officer in the American Revolution, secretary and aide to Washington and Israel Putnam, present at Bunker Hill and Long Island, a founder of the Society of Cincinnati. Good content A.D.S. as Colonel of the 3rd Conn. Regt., 1p. oblong 8vo., West Point, June, 1783, his certification that John Mix had served under him as a lieutenant from January, 1781 until the date of this document. Vertical 2" split at center, else very good. Sold with a second document, 1p. 8vo., Hartford, Apr. 2, 1783 in which Mix is paid his military wages, signed by him at bottom. Two pieces.

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OLIVER WOLCOTT - Current Bid: $100.00

Lot 825: OLIVER WOLCOTT - Current Bid: $100.00

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Description: OLIVER WOLCOTT (1726 - 1797) Signer of the Declaration of Independence, member of the Continental Congress, major general in the Continental Army. Partly-printed D.S. as Governor of Connecticut, 1p. small folio, Hartford, May 15, 1797, the appointment of William Hillhouse of New London to serve as a Judge of the County Court.Co-signed by SAMUEL WYLLYS as Secretary. Near fine, with an excellent wax and paper seal.

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OLIVER WOLCOTT JR.

Lot 826: OLIVER WOLCOTT JR.

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Description: OLIVER WOLCOTT JR. (1760 - 1833) American Revolution soldier and patriot, Secretary of the Treasury succeeding Hamilton. Interesting D.S., 1p., 4" x 7 3/4", 1783, New Haven, a legal document prosecuting a Tory: "in a prosecution against the estate of Charles McEvers who hath gone over to and put himself under the protection of the enemy...".

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POOR JOB'S ALMANACK, PUBLISHED BY FRANKLIN'S NEPHEW

Lot 827: POOR JOB'S ALMANACK, PUBLISHED BY FRANKLIN'S NEPHEW

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Description: POOR JOB'S ALMANACK, PUBLISHED BY FRANKLIN'S NEPHEW An extremely rare copy of Poor Job's Country and Townsman's Almanack, printed by J. Franklin, Newport, Rhode Island, 1758. 16pp. 4" x 6 3/4", lightly toned else in very good condition. Publisher James Franklin, Jr. was the nephew of Benjamin Franklin, who of course published the famous Poor Richard's Almanack. Benjamin and James Franklin, Sr. were brothers, the latter choosing to remain in Boston to establish a printing business. Following James' death in 1735, the An extremely rare copy of Poor Job's Country and Townsman's Almanack, printed by J. Franklin, Newport, Rhode Island, 1758. 16pp. 4" x 6 3/4", lightly toned else in very good condition. Publisher James Franklin, Jr. was the nephew of Benjamin Franklin, who of course published the famous Poor Richard's Almanack. Benjamin and James Franklin, Sr. were brothers, the latter choosing to remain in Boston to establish a printing business. Following James' death in 1735, the younger Franklin was apprenticed to his uncle Benjamin, who had actually learned the trade from the senior James Franklin. Following his apprenticeship, James, Jr. returned to Massachusetts to print this almanac, as well as the first issues of the Newport Mercury, books, and other imprints. The almanac opens with Franklin's prediction, no doubt brought about by the French and Indian War: "Without a FIRM UNION among the English Provinces and Colonies in North-America, for their mutual assistance, they will be obligated (in two years) to submit to French Tyranny". With typical astrological tables, and a list of Quaker meetings.

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1790S VIEW OF NEW YORK CITY

Lot 828: 1790S VIEW OF NEW YORK CITY

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Description: 1790S VIEW OF NEW YORK CITY Original etching by Charles Balthazar de Saint-Memin, "View of the City of New York taken from Long Island", 21" x 14 1/2" overall, a view of a once-rural Brooklyn Heights with sailing ships and Manhattan in the background. Clean tears at lower-right and bottom margin barely intrude on image which is well-suited for restoration. From long-time New York print dealers Kennedy & Co. in New York, with their separate frame backing board and label. Charles Balthazar de Saint-Mémin (1770–1852) was a portraitist and museum director. He fled France during the revolution, and worked as a portrait engraver in the United States in the early 19th century creating portraits from life of Washington, Jefferson, and others.

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1861 HAND-COLORED MAP OF THE ATTACKS ON FORT WASHINGTON - Current Bid: $200.00

Lot 829: 1861 HAND-COLORED MAP OF THE ATTACKS ON FORT WASHINGTON - Current Bid: $200.00

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Description: 1861 HAND-COLORED MAP OF THE ATTACKS ON FORT WASHINGTON Superb hand-colored lithograph map "Attacks of Fort Washington by His Majestys Forces under the command of General Sir William Howe K. B. 16 Nov'r 1776", 22" x 17 3/4" (sight), published for David T. Valentine for "D. T. Valentine's Manual, for 1861" by George Hayward, New York. The colorful images shows American and British forces, Forts Lee, Washington, Independence and Constitution, British vessels used for landings from Long Island, roads, fields, forests and rivers. The map, with only light folds, is set in a period frame and is perfect for display.

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EARLY 1800S ENGRAVING OF PHILADELPHIA

Lot 830: EARLY 1800S ENGRAVING OF PHILADELPHIA

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Description: EARLY 1800S ENGRAVING OF PHILADELPHIA Early 1800s "Vue de Philadelphie" by Ambroise-Louis Garneray (1783-1857), 15" x 20" overall, a hand colored aquatint etching featuring a lovely harbor view of Philadelphia. Sharp renderings of sailing ships, fishermen and women in a small boat pulling in nets, a windmill, and church steeples and buildings in the distance. Very fine.

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BRITISH REVOLUTIONARY WAR-ERA SWORD - Current Bid: $380.00

Lot 831: BRITISH REVOLUTIONARY WAR-ERA SWORD - Current Bid: $380.00

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Description: BRITISH REVOLUTIONARY WAR-ERA SWORD A very good example of an early George III officers spadroon - the first British Army regulation pattern infantry officers sword. It appears to be a variation of the 1786 pattern, 38 1/2" long overall, with the blade etched with the cipher and monogram of King George III, cannon, filigree, etc. The grip is ivory with a steel band bisecting it, with steel pommel and guard. The leather and steel scabbard is also present, though a bit worn. The metal fitting at the top of the scabbard is engraved: "Archer Kings Cutler Dublin" - this may have been an Irish soldier's sword. Much of the gilding and bluing on the sword is gone, and there is a significant chip to the ivory on the grip, but otherwise this piece is in quite a good state. The blade bears the hallmark of John Justus Runkel, a German immigrant who became a British subject in 1796. He proceeded to almost corner the market in the large-scale importation of sword blades from Solingen, Germany and in the first years of the nineteenth century he was said to be handling hundreds of blades every month. He did not involve himself in the actual manufacture of swords, but was purely an agent for German blades entering into London.

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1777 BATTLE OF SARATOGA FLAG RELICS

Lot 832: 1777 BATTLE OF SARATOGA FLAG RELICS

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Description: 1777 BATTLE OF SARATOGA FLAG RELICS Blue and red silk fragments that originated from a Revolutionary War flag used at the battle of Saratoga, each measuring about 1" x 1/4". Double-matted in light yellow and blue with an image of the British surrender and printed explanatory text. A 1943 note states that these fragments once hung in the lobby of the White Sulphur Springs Hotel in Stillwater, NY near the site of the battle. Provenance accompanying the piece includes images of the original relics and notations which accompanied them, including a notation dated July 11th, 1938 stating that these fragments hung in the lobby of the hotel, and a 1943 note which remarks that of the several Revolutionary War flags once hanging in the lobby, only these relics had not been stolen by souvenir hunters. These remaining pieces were kept by owner Thomas Luther beside the reception desk for many years. Under the terms of Burgoyne's surrender the British were allowed to keep their colors so these fragments either came from a captured British flag or an American flag. These remnants were sold at auction by Butterfield & Butterfield of San Francisco in Auction #16 March 19th, 1994. These are the only remnants of a Revolutionary War flag we have ever seen offered for sale. Accompanied by a certificate of provenance.

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18TH CENTURY AMERICAN GENTLEMAN'S WAISTCOAT

Lot 833: 18TH CENTURY AMERICAN GENTLEMAN'S WAISTCOAT

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Description: 18TH CENTURY AMERICAN GENTLEMAN'S WAISTCOAT Rare 18th Century American gentleman's waistcoat with linen sleeves and white woven silk chest, finely embroidered at the neck, pocket flaps and front seams with flowers and delicate vines, offset by sequin bows and ribbons. The scalloped pockets each bear matching, non-functional embroidered buttons. The shirt is unlined, and there is a single vent in the rear. Linen sleeves were not seen in Continental or British garments, hence in all likelihood this fine garment was sewn in the United States. The name "F. GREGORY" has been penned in dark brown ink on the inside of the neck. Silk moderately worn in places, esp. at the neck, underarms and beneath pockets, light soiling and stains commensurate with age affect sleeves, yet in overall very good condition.

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BOSTON'S OLD NORTH CHURCH RELIC

Lot 834: BOSTON'S OLD NORTH CHURCH RELIC

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Description: BOSTON'S OLD NORTH CHURCH RELIC Relic said to have originated from Boston's Old North Church in whose steeple were suspended lanterns which warned Paul Revere and other "watchers" of the impending invasion of the British "by sea". An approx. 1" x 1" x 1" section of wood "recovered during maintenance and repair" has been affixed to the bottom of a 5" x 7" colorful descriptive card which sets forth the famous Revolutionary War-era history of the church.

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U.S.S. CONSTITUTION RELIC

Lot 835: U.S.S. CONSTITUTION RELIC

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Description: U.S.S. CONSTITUTION RELIC Relic from "Old Ironsides", the U.S.S. Constitution which engaged Barbary pirates and fought the British vessels Guerriere and Java in the War of 1812. The relic, a small section of rectangular oak, was removed from the vessel during routine maintenance and repair in 1973. It has been affixed to the bottom of a 5" x 7" card bearing a photo of the restored warship and descriptive text.

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ROBERT E. LEE

Lot 836: ROBERT E. LEE

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Description: ROBERT E. LEE (1807 - 1870) Confederate General and commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, arguably the most brilliant commander of field armies in American history. Very early war-date A.D.S., a field order, "R. E. Lee Gen'l Com'd'g", 1p. legal folio, [n.d., ca. Sep. 20, 1861] to Col. William A. Jackson, Ordnance Officer of the 80th Virginia Militia. A rare order penned immediately after Lee's very first field command of the war - an embarrassing loss - as the general withdraws to the east. In part: "...All the surplus ammunition in [?] at the church or Fraser for which you have no transportation, you had better send by return wagons to your depot either at [?] or the White Sulpher. All surplus ammunition now in wagons send back also to your depots. Let the Army have such ammunition as is required, keep sufficient in wagons for necessary supplies...".At bottom, Jackson notes that the ordnance was turned over to a superior officer of the Army of the Kanawha on Oct. 1, 1861. Faults include splits, marginal chips, folds, some offsetting, and a small piece at center gone, yet still presentable. Tipped to a mat. Lee's first field assignment was commanding forces in western Virginia, where he was defeated at the Battle of Cheat Mountain (Sep. 12-15, 1861) and was widely blamed for Confederate setbacks. He removed to Sewell Mountain in the Kanawha River valley with the troops of John B. Floyd and Henry Wise, but he was forced to cancel the offensive operations he had planned because of low supplies and bad weather.

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MARY CUSTIS LEE

Lot 837: MARY CUSTIS LEE

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Description: MARY CUSTIS LEE (1806-1873) Wife of Confederate Lt. Gen. Robert E. Lee and the only daughter of George Washington Parke Custis, grandson of Martha Washington. Superb content A.L.S. "M. C. Lee", 2pp. 4to., Lexington, Apr. 23, 1866, just a little more than a year after her husband surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox. Mrs. Lee writes a plaintive letter on the persecution of her husband to her friend "Lettie", most likely Lettie Burwell (whose wartime journal has been published), wife of William McCreery Burwell of Bedford, Va. In small part: "...I suppose you will...go to Rosa [Lettie Burwell's daughter]...[she] has one faithful servant with her...Everyone must be amused with the impertinence of the questions put to the Gen. [Lee] by the committee in Washington....they had not the slightest desire for information but merely wished to catch him in something that would implicate the south, but happily he was prepared for them and truth will sometimes appear even now when I began to fear a lying spirit had been let loose upon the earth, especially a portion of it I might name...great accounts of the Baltimore Fair. I trust it will be the means of relieving much suffering...but how much suffering it will not reach....the ladies...daily receiving donations from England and France...I trust they will meet their due reward from Heaven, for how can the poor South ever repay them. Agnes and Fitzhugh arrived last night...if they [her chickens] live through this weather I suppose they will be stolen as soon as they are large enough, for the crowds of idle Negroes who live here do nothing but steal, they are as bad as the Yankees...". A period newspaper article about Mrs. Lee has been affixed to a blank area on verso, else very good. Lee had travelled to Washington to testify before the Joint Committee on Reconstruction. What should have been a constructive interview was in fact a witch hunt in which Lee was baited with questions about his loyalty to the South, secession, and treason. At the same time, Lee's family was suffering financial hardship - they had lost Arlington, which the general had passed on his return. He wrote: "I did not approach Arlington nearer than the railway. I know very well how things are there".

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ALEXANDER

Lot 838: ALEXANDER "SANDIE" PENDLETON

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Description: ALEXANDER "SANDIE" PENDLETON (1840-1864) Stonewall Jackson's youngest staff member and aide whom it is said Jackson loved like a son, killed a few days short of his 24th birthday while trying to rally the troops at Fisher's Hill. Very rare fine content war-date A.L.S. "A. S. Pendleton" signed twice, to his sister Nancy and with a postscript to his mother, 4pp. 4to., "Rude's near Mt. Jackson", Apr. 12, 1862. In small part: "...I begin to feel as if the enemy were closing in around us, and actually getting near my own dear home...". He describes his hopes to improve the health of his horse, "the same big, ugly sorrel...has carried me in many a dangerous place...". He continues: "...I have heard that Pa has been made a Brigadier General of Artillery...I wrote to him yesterday to ask if it were true...I am certain no honor was better deserved. And how you all will put on airs...now you are daughters of a Genl.. We have been rejoicing...news of a grand victory gained by Beauregard over Buell - But the joy was mingled with sorrow over the fate of Gen. A. S. Johnston - and is now almost changed to mourning at the news of the seconds days fight in which our men seem to have been driven from the field. However, we must still trust in God...I think I deserve a short furlough for I have been doing all the work of the office...I wish Col. Preston would come on...The Yankees are about 7 miles from us just at Edenburg...They have about 15,000 but I don't think they will advance shortly..." In his postscript to his mother, much as sons do today, he asks for "drawers", asks that his horse be well cared for, and promises to send money. In very good condition.

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FRANK STRINGFELLOW, CONFEDERATE SPY

Lot 839: FRANK STRINGFELLOW, CONFEDERATE SPY

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Description: FRANK STRINGFELLOW, CONFEDERATE SPY (1840 - 1913) Confederate officer of the 4th Va. Cavalry, spy, and scout often in the service of J.E.B. Stuart. Stringfellow nearly accomplished the capture of Gen. John Pope, and once evaded capture by hiding under a lady's hoop skirt. His favorite tactic was to dress as a lady and infiltrate Union offices and social functions! Very rare war-date A.D.S., 1p. 5" x 2 1/2", [n.p.], Nov. 19, 1862, in full: "This is to certify that Frank S. Eastman has been paroled by me. F. Stringfellow 4th Va. Cav.". Sold with a related A.L.S. of veteran Charles E. Frost of the 11th N.H. Vols, 3pp. legal folio, Brooklyn, Jan. 21, 1882. Frost describes how he was wounded and parolee Eastman had remained with him to help tend to his wounds. The pair, along with a third soldier, were captured and soon paroled, but an administrative error led to Eastman being charged for desertion. This letter apparently seeks to clear Eastman's reputation. Both items are fine.

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VICKSBURG PRISONERS, UNION AND CONFEDERATE, ARE LIBERATED AT WAR'S END

Lot 840: VICKSBURG PRISONERS, UNION AND CONFEDERATE, ARE LIBERATED AT WAR'S END

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Description: VICKSBURG PRISONERS, UNION AND CONFEDERATE, ARE LIBERATED AT WAR'S END NAPOLEON J. T. DANA (1822 - 1905) Union major general, a career officer severely wounded leading a brigade at Antietam, led a corps in the Gulf, and headed the Department of Mississippi. Historic signed document arranging the freedom of Union prisoners and free passage of Confederate veterans following the end of hostilities, Vicksburg, 3pp. 4to., Apr. 14, 1865 (the same day Lincoln was assassinated), signed by Dana and by Confederate Colonel N. G. WATTS as commissioner of exchange overseeing Federal prisoners, also by Confederate Lt. Col. H. A. M. HENDERSON as assistant commissioner of exchange. The document quotes Dana's April 10th orders issued at Cairo: "...the Confederate Agents of Exchange at this point, agree to permit the prisoners now encamped near this city, to go to such places as the United States may direct, upon parole of honor, not to serve against the Confederate States in any Military or constabulary capacity until regularly exchanged..." and further: "...That they have been induced to this action by the following telegraphic dispatches from Lieut. Gen. Grant...and Col. Robert Ould Chief of Exchange Bureau, C.S.A..."What follows is a copy of the telegraph from Grant at Appomattox, dated April 9, the day of Lee's surrender, to Gen. Dana stating that: "...all settlements for exchanged prisoners were to be made with Col Ould...and the agreement to receive them at various points was for the accommodation of the South...Say to the officer who has our prisoners for delivery, that any that are due to the South, will be delivered at Vicksburg." Directly below Grant's telegraph appears a similar dispatch from Col. Ould ordering the: "...Confederate officer having charge of Prisoners Vicksburg...All Federal officers and men who are held as by the Confederate authorities must be delivered at Vicksburg or any other point where the Federal Military authorities are willing to receive them." Dana adds a final stipulation at conclusion: "...paroled prisoners under this agreement furloughed home, while observing the terms upon which their paroles are given, are not to be captured by the United States, or Confederate forces, so long as the conform to the law."

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BVT. BRIG. GEN. JOHN C. TIDBALL ON THE FALL OF FORT STEDMAN AND RICHMOND

Lot 841: BVT. BRIG. GEN. JOHN C. TIDBALL ON THE FALL OF FORT STEDMAN AND RICHMOND

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Description: BVT. BRIG. GEN. JOHN C. TIDBALL ON THE FALL OF FORT STEDMAN AND RICHMOND JOHN C. TIDBALL (1825-1906) Colonel of the 4th N.Y. Artillery, a brilliant leader of horse artillery brevetted five times for gallantry and personally commended by Lincoln for his actions at Gettysburg. Fine content war-date battle letter concerning the role played by his troops in helping repulse the Confederate breakthrough at Fort Stedman on March 25, 1865, 4pp. 8vo., "Hd. Qrs. Arty. Brig., 9th Corps", Apr. 3, 1865 to Sally Satterlee the day after the evacuation of Petersburg. In part: "...We have had considerable fighting for the past week. Yesterday morning, at 4 o'clock a general assault was made along the whole line, and we broke through and drove the enemy at many points." Several days before, Tidball was at the battle of Fort Stedman and gives an account: "...I got about thirty pieces of artillery to concentrate upon them...our infantry reoccupied it [Fort Stedman] without opposition. The cross fire in rear was so terrific as to deter them from going back to their own lines." Regarding the capture of Richmond, he says: "The great object for which we have been fighting so hard for the last four years has now been gained...and I suppose we may...begin to look for a speedy conclusion of the war." Six days after writing this letter, Robert E. Lee surrendered his army at Appomattox with all other Confederate armies in the field following suit over the next eight weeks. Fine.

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HENRY L. ABBOTT, 20TH MASS., AUTHOR OF

Lot 842: HENRY L. ABBOTT, 20TH MASS., AUTHOR OF "FALLEN LEAVES"

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Description: HENRY L. ABBOTT, 20TH MASS., AUTHOR OF "FALLEN LEAVES" (1842 - 1864) Union brevet brigadier general (posthumous), received three brevets for his courage at the Wilderness where he was K.I.A. leading the 20th Mass. Brave, calm, and collected at all major engagements including Fredericksburg and Gettysburg, he was killed while ordering his prone men from a standing position. Partly-printed war-date D.S., 2pp.sm. folio, Camp Benton, Md., Nov. 3, 1861. Just after the battle of Ball's Bluff where the regiment had been decimated, Abbott signs a list of 22 guards and five officers present, with the verso bearing a list of the four prisoners being held for insubordination and sleeping while on guard. At center, Abbott adds a lengthy reminder for corporals to essentially behave when relieving guards. Fine.

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LAFAYETTE C. BAKER - Current Bid: $400.00

Lot 843: LAFAYETTE C. BAKER - Current Bid: $400.00

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Description: LAFAYETTE C. BAKER (1826 - 1868) Union spy and chief of the Federal Secret Service who had an amazing career, including convincing Jefferson Davis he would act as a double-agent, promoted to brigadier general, and in charge of the pursuit of Booth and his co-conspirators. War-date A.L.S. as Chief of Detective Police on very rare "National Detective Police Department" letterhead, 1p. 4to., Washington, Aug. 21, 1862, to the Chief of Gen. John Wool's staff, in part: "...The bearer of this is the wife of Capt. Green of the 2nd Cavalry (Regulars). Mrs. G desires to go to Fortress Monroe to visit her husband. I would esteem it a particular favor if you would obtain for her the Sequence pass. Your connections in relation to the Leesburg matter has been promptly attended to...". Folds, very good.

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FRANCIS E. BROWNELL

Lot 844: FRANCIS E. BROWNELL

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Description: FRANCIS E. BROWNELL (d. 1894) Union soldier who avenged the death of Elmer Ellsworth when he shot and killed hotel owner James T. Jackson who had moments earlier killed Ellsworth for tearing down a Confederate flag. Brownell was also the first soldier to earn a Medal of Honor in the Civil War. Signature cut from a document: "Frank E. Brownell 1st Lt. N.Y.V.". Expertly inlaid, very good.

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EDWARD R. CANBY

Lot 845: EDWARD R. CANBY

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Description: EDWARD R. CANBY (1817 - 1873) Union major general who commanded the Department of New Mexico stopping Sibley's assault on California. He later commanded the assault on Mobile and after the war was killed by Modoc Indians. Partly-printed D.S. 2pp. oblong 4to., [n.p., c. Jan. 1868], an "Abstract of Payments made by J. W. Nicholls, Paymaster...". Signed and endorsed by Canby at bottom: "Examined & approved Edw. Canby M Genl". Payments appear to be for a court martial as the entries include judge advocates, "Clerk Mil. Com.", Witness", and the like. A few marginal tears, expected folds, else very good.

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HENRY B. CARRINGTON

Lot 846: HENRY B. CARRINGTON

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Description: HENRY B. CARRINGTON (1824 - 1912) Union brigadier general placed in command of the Mountain District, a military department created to include the Powder River country, through which the Bozeman Trail had been forged. When Carrington arrived with the Second Battalion, 18th Infantry, to garrison the new trail, he underestimated Lakota and Cheyenne resistance to the incursion and invasion, and what became known as "Red Cloud's War" began on July 9, 1866 when Carrington marched north of Fort Connor. He also oversaw the disastrous Fetterman massacre, and spent much of the rest of his life trying to salvage his reputation in the wake of that overwhelming defeat. Signed book written by Carrington, Washington the Soldier, (Lamson, Wolffe & Co.: New York), 1898, first edition. On the front flyleaf Carrington pens a lengthy inscription, adding: "Born at Wallingford Ct. March 2nd 1824 Dated at Wallingford Ct. July 15, 1900". Light, scattered foxing on the first few pages, else very good.

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THOMAS CASS

Lot 847: THOMAS CASS

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Description: THOMAS CASS (1821 - 1862) Union army colonel and commander of the 9th Regiment Mass. Vol. Infantry (Cass's Irish Regiment). His regiment took heavy losses at Gaines Mill and fought with great distinction at Malvern Hill, where Cass was mortally wounded. Lot of two war-date A.L.S.s, "Head Quarters, Cass's Irish Regiment", seeking additional funding for Massachusetts regiments. The first is 2pp. 4to. on Cass's Irish Regiment letterhead, Long Island Camp Wrightman, May 24, 1861, to "the Selectmen of the town of Marlboro". Cass seeks to supplement the regiment's coffers with support from the citizens of Marlboro. He writes, in part:"We have now encamped upon this Island ten companies which compose the Irish Regiment six of these companies consist of Boston men and receive their rations and all of the necessaries from the city. The great drain on our citizens and the large responsibilities under which we labor has done much to cripple our resources and I have been greatly disappointed to learn that it will be impossible for the city to do more than has already been done for the soldiers from Marlboro. To wit: defraying all the expenses incurred for their support for more than eleven days... I have determined to call upon you for help and support in this emergency." Cass asks that the citizens of Marlboro donate $220 to meet the emergency. The second letter, 1p. 4to. on the same letterhead, Long Island, Boston, June 5, 1861, is a follow up letter to the above. Cass writes of the contributions of the towns of Salem and Milford, laments Boston's failure to contribute further, and again places his hopes on the town of Marlboro to supply the lacking funds for the administration of the various Irish Regiments. Both fine condition.

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HOWELL COBB - Current Bid: $50.00

Lot 848: HOWELL COBB - Current Bid: $50.00

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Description: HOWELL COBB (1815 - 1868) James Buchanan's Secretary of War and one of the founders of the Confederate States of America who also served in the field during the Peninsular Campaign and Antietam. War date partly-printed D.S. signed four times, 1p.4to. on Confederate States of America letterhead, Atlanta, 4 January 1864, a requisition form mostly filled out in Cobb's hand for $30 worth of "Fuel", most likely cordwood. Usual folds, moderate uneven toning, else very good.

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JAMES CONNER

Lot 849: JAMES CONNER

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Description: JAMES CONNER (1829 - 1883) Confederate brigadier general who led his 22nd North Carolina at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Signature cut from a letter. Fine.

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SAMUEL COOPER

Lot 850: SAMUEL COOPER

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Description: SAMUEL COOPER (1798 - 1876) Confederate major general who was the highest ranking officer in the Confederate army. He served as Inspector General in Richmond throughout the war and fled with Jefferson Davis when the capitol fell. Lot of two signed general orders as Adjutant General, Washington, 1853, the first ordering automatic promotions after a certain numbers of years have passed, the second concerning courts martial. Very good.

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SAMUEL COOPER

Lot 851: SAMUEL COOPER

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Description: SAMUEL COOPER (1798 - 1876) Confederate major general who was the highest ranking officer in the Confederate army. He served as Inspector General in Richmond throughout the war and fled with Jefferson Davis when the capitol fell. A.L.S. 1p. 4to., Washington, Jan. 25, 1856 stating that he has arranged a placement for a veteran at a military asylum. Glue remnants along extreme left margin, else fine.

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MICHAEL CORCORAN

Lot 852: MICHAEL CORCORAN

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Description: MICHAEL CORCORAN (1827 - 1863) Union brigadier general who led the 69th N.Y. and Corcoran's Irish Brigade, captured at Bull Run and paroled, killed at Fairfax when his horse collapsed on him. War-date manuscript L.S. on Corcoran's Irish Legion" letterhead, 1p. 4to., New York, Sep. 11, 1862. Corcoran asks that Michael McEvoy Co. E, 131st N.Y., be transferred to his command so that he may serve as a lieutenant. McEvoy's colonel has already agreed to the move. Fine.

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DRAKE DEKAY SIGNED PASS FOR PROMINENT PUBLISHER

Lot 853: DRAKE DEKAY SIGNED PASS FOR PROMINENT PUBLISHER

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Description: DRAKE DEKAY SIGNED PASS FOR PROMINENT PUBLISHER A great pair of war-date items related to Philadelphia business man, attorney, publisher and politician Henry E. Wallace. The first is a pass boldly signed by Joseph Rodman DRAKE DE KAY (1836-1886) as provost marshal of Washington. This pass was issued by De Kay while he was an aide de camp to Gen. Joseph K. Mansfield, 1p. oblong 8vo., "Head Qrs., Military Dept. of Washington, May 30, 1861" issued to Henry E. Wallace (1814-1879) of Philadelphia to pass "over the bridges. By order of Gen. Mansfield." Wallace's "The Legal Intelligencer " was designated in 1861 by William Seward to print the 37th Congress' acts and resolutions. Also included is an election ticket promoting Wallace for alderman.

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JOHN A. DIX

Lot 854: JOHN A. DIX

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Description: JOHN A. DIX (1798 - 1879) Union major general most remembered for his threat to shoot anyone hauling down the American flag, and his suppression of the bloody New York draft riots. Lot of two signed items, includes: an A.L.S. 2pp. 8vo., New York, Apr. 19, 1870 mentioning that he had been appointed an escort to the remains of lawyer, legislator and diplomat Anson Burlingame: "…for no one can entertain a more respectful or grateful remembrance of the distinguished statesman, whose death I regard as a calamity…"; with an 1866 A.L.S. in the third person "Genl. Dix" New York, accepting an invitation. Very good.

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JOHN B. GORDON

Lot 855: JOHN B. GORDON

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Description: JOHN B. GORDON (1832 - 1904) Confederate major general who led a brigade at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, and crushed Grant's line at the Wilderness. Bold signature cut from a financial document, mounted. Slightly brushed.

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AMOS BEEBE EATON

Lot 856: AMOS BEEBE EATON

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Description: AMOS BEEBE EATON (1806 - 1877) Union brigadier general who served as Purchasing Commissioner for armies in the field, and later as Commissary General. Manuscript L.S. on Commissary General letterhead, 1p. 4to., Washington, Jan. 18, 1872 advising that he has referred a letter to an Army auditor. Very good.

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WILLIAM B. FRANKLIN - Current Bid: $140.00

Lot 857: WILLIAM B. FRANKLIN - Current Bid: $140.00

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Description: WILLIAM B. FRANKLIN (1823 - 1903) Union major general blamed for the Union debacle at Fredericksburg. In 1864 while recovering from wounds he was captured by Jubal Early, but escaped. Fine lot of five war-date A.L.S.s, 11P. total, Portland, Me. and York River, May 29 1863 to July 24, 1864, all to Col. Frank J. Parker in Boston. Franklin, who had made an initially successful attack at Fredericksburg, had complained to Lincoln about Burnside's competence and the lack of morale in the Army of the Potomac. He was dismissed and Republican adversaries called him before the Committee on the Conduct of the War, causing him to languish without a command for over five months. This grouping mentions his case, and the fitting-out of his new staff in Louisiana. In part: "…I thank you for the interest you have taken in my case…Greene thinks the matter of enough interest to have published…I sent it to the Post & Courier…I have received a copy of the evidence taken by the C.O.W. Committee…they must have thought me a person whom it was necessary to ruin…I am however better satisfied with the result…you are desirous of going on to my Staff…when I go on duty again…I am here on account of the wound in my leg…I do not object to the invaliding…I am glad to hear of Sawtelle's good luck…necessary for me to leave here on Monday to make a visit with Gen. Grant…When in command of a Corps I have heads of the Staff Dept…I see that Baldy Smith has been displaced from his position, Brooks has resigned, the 19th Corps has been placed under Butler, and I presume…I shall be placed under Butler…[I] shall resign rather than serve under him…". Very good.

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RANDALL LEE GIBSON

Lot 858: RANDALL LEE GIBSON

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Description: RANDALL LEE GIBSON (1832 - 1892) Confederate brigadier general who led a brigade at Chickamauga and Chattanooga. He also fought under Hood at Atlanta and in Tennessee. Lot of two items, includes an A.L.S. on his legal letterhead, 1p. 4to., New Orleans, Mar. 17, 1869, rather cryptic content concerning his inability to assist his correspondent, and mentioning that the subject discussed shall remain "strictly confidential". Sold with an A.D.S. also on his letterhead, 1p. 4to., New Orleans, [n.d.], a statement of account concerning the sale of a lot of land in New Orleans, showing a sum of $1,257.39 due to him. Nicely signed. Both items very good to fine.

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FITZHUGH LEE - Current Bid: $40.00

Lot 859: FITZHUGH LEE - Current Bid: $40.00

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Description: FITZHUGH LEE (1835 - 1905) Confederate major general and nephew of Robert E. Lee who directed troops in Stuart's ride around McClellan, and fought at Antietam and Gettysburg. He also cut his way out of Appomattox only to surrender two days later. Bold signature on a card, adding "Virginia". Fine.

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