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Sale 764A — Autographs and Historical Documents

Sale Date — Saturday, 10 December, 1994

Category — Confederate Generals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
372
c
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 372, Confederate GeneralsEdward P. Alexander, Edward P. AlexanderEdward P. Alexander. Signature as Captain of Engineers on cover to his wife, addressed in his hand, "Mrs. E.P. Alexander" in Fredericksburg, ms. "pd 5", pencil docketing at L., "Aug. 11 61" , small sealed tear into "P." and "A" of first signature, still Fine, desirable war-dated signature

E. 200-250
400
373
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 373, Confederate GeneralsWilliam B. Bate, William B. BateWilliam B. Bate. Important ALS, 4pp., dated Nashville, June 23, 1867, to Genl. Breckenridge: "I see an occasional notice of you and some other southerners whose present stopping place is Europe, but nothing satisfactory as to how you are geting on or how received in monarchial governments, with the smell of Rebellion on your garments. If you are quite unobserved & free to speak and act you please you are infinitely better off than many of your friends in Tennessee. Our country still abounds with Federal troops over-awing a down-trodden people whose spirit is utterly crushed out. Added to this, we have, in Tennessee, what is known as the `Loyal Malish.' They are the creatures of the late bogus legislature of Tennessee brought into existence by the edict of Governor Brownlow to serve the villianous purpose of that moral & political monster. They are for the most part the refuse of the late U.S. Army combined with that lazy & revengeful class of negroes who seek employment only at public expense & for evil purposes. Theft & assassination are already under their sway...President Johnson seems intimidated & paralyzed by Radical Powers & fanaticism." etc., Very Fine

E. 600-800
625
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374
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 374, Confederate GeneralsPierre G.T. Beauregard, Pierre G.T. BeauregardPierre G.T. Beauregard. Signed ("G.T. Beauregard") 36pp manuscript entitled "The explosion of the mine before Petersburg; July 30, 1864", 8 x 12-1/2 in., an excellent, exhaustive first-person account of one of the most notorious Union failures, including footnotes, copies of letters, quotations from other officers, etc.; apparently a copy prepared for the printer, with minor corrections; there are 2 additional footnotes in an unknown, 3rd hand; a penciled "N.O. Nov./84" in the General's hand is on the last page; Very Fine, an important, vivid record from one of the leading participants in this tragic assault

E. 6,000-8,000
4,250
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375°
 
Pierre G.T. Beauregard. ANS ("G.T.B"), on back of 2-part Southern Express Co. telegram from Genl. Arnold Elzey, dated Mar. 14, 1865: As the Light Batteries of the army of the Tennesee were ordered by you to remain here, and as Col. Bratus directs me to remain here until further orders, please telegraph me on the subject of the artillery and my position, whether I am to remain here longer or to go forward." Beauregard writes on back in pencil: "Inform him that Genl. Johnston orders that those Light Batteries not brought in hre & not required for defence [sic] of Augusta be collected at Macon- where Genl. Elzey will endeavor to reorganize & requipp his Batteries. G.T.B." Fine

E. 1,000-1,250
900
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376
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 376, Confederate GeneralsPierre G.T. Beauregard, Pierre G.T. BeauregardPierre G.T. Beauregard. ALS, 1 page, datelined New Orleans, Nov. 23, 1885, addressed "My Dear General," regarding whereabouts of Genl. Grayson's son, written on back of a letter from a S.H. Fournier explaining that Mrs. Grayson had died 10 months ago and that her son was living in Demopolis, Ala., Fine

E. 300-400
475
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377
 
Pierre G.T. Beauregard. Two signatures, on small and large card, 1892 and 1889 dates respectively, first with some thinning on back from removal from album, otherwise Very Fine

E. 250-350
500
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378
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 378, Confederate GeneralsGoode Bryan, Goode BryanGoode Bryan. ALS ("G. Bryan", datelined "Good Hope July 19th/62" to his friend Dr. Eldridge: "...thank you for writing for I was getting anxious to hear from the Regt., I am but very little better if any better than when Ileft home (camp) and am so weak taht if I take any exercise I am so [not legible] that I tremble all over, and if I sit long in one place when I get up to walk I grow dizzy and feel like falling on my head. Fortunately I have had no fever yet, unless it was last night, I think must have had some fever, for I had one little Dutchman as a prisoner all night, and woke up as often as I did, I could not get rid of my Dutchman, when I went to sleep again there he was...I have said nothing about resigning though [if] I could discreetly resign I would...This I tell you in confidence, I think it probable that Gen. Magruder will have me appointed a Brigadier, and have me ordered West with him- if he does I will continue to carry you with me. If the regt. is ordered away from Va. please Telegraph Townshend and let me know immediately, I will come back as soon as I am able to do any thing." etc. With original envelope addressed in his hand (stamp clipped but date in Augusta Ga. postmark remains). Bryan was promoted brigadier general to rank from August 29, 1863 and as he predicted, his brigade accompanied the 1st corp to the west, and Dr. Eldridge went with him. Bryan resigned because of poor health on Sept. 20, 1864, nevertheless he managed to live another 21 years. A Fine and important war-dated letter, very scarce

E. 750-1,000
1,200
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379
 
Goode Bryan. ALS, 3pp., datelined "Good Hope Nov. 7 [1862]", signed twice (incl. lengthy P.S) to the wife of Dr. Eldridge, her writes (in part): "I learn that my father has had another attack of paralysis and will never recover, and I have only a week to stay, and make my last visit to my father," etc. On the lighter side, he writes of her husband: "You say the Dr. has been sick lately no he has not been sick he eat so many oysters when we first got to yorktwon, and said he was sick one night, he is fatter than you ever saw him, indeed so fat, that he has lost all his beauty, and looks very much in figure like old Mr. Grune in Lee. I will take good care of him, and tell you for your satisfaction that he is greatly esteemed both as a man [and] Physician by both officers and men in the Regiment, which is a matter of much pleasure to me as I recommended him for the position." etc. With original envelope in his hand (stamp unfortunately clipped off), Very Fine, very scarce war-dated example

E. 500-600
1,000
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380
 
Goode Bryan. Two entertaining ALSs, each 1 page, first dated June 25, 1860, each being a lengthy postscript on a letter from Dr. E.J. Elridge, a family friend staying with Bryan & writing to his fiance in Philadelphia. Maj. Bryan writes (in part): "Your Doctor my dear Emma has given me a blank page of his letter to write you. I don't think you deserve a letter from me, but, as you were honest ehough to admit the truth of my letter to your mother, I suppose I must look over your want of attention to your cracker prince in S.W. Georgia and congratulate you that your lover has passed thro the gauntlet of your relatives criticisms and with credit to himself, and to your taste. By-the-by tho you have never heard my opinion of the man to your mother I wrote [of] his character and what I believed him to be, but to those little things which make up woman's and man's happiness I said nothing. Sometime when I am in a better humour with you...when you are Mrs. E....I will teach you how to control him," etc. The 2nd ALS is another lengthy postscript dated Oct. 25, 1860 and which says (in part): "Your Dr. is scarce of ideas tonight as he has been on Drill all day, military science, and the glitter of his uniform has entirely deprived him of the little mind that his love for you has left him and as he is unwilling to pay 3cts on a letter without it being entirely fat, he called upon me to finish out this sheet of paper," etc. The balance of the letter is devoted to suggesting she and the doctor marry soon, and listing the reasons why (this being the "sickly season among the negros" etc.); small portion of letter is cross-written, including signature, light toning, Fine, first letter is Very Fine, each with original envelope, very scarce, very fine content

E. 750-1,000
600
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381
 
Abram Buford. ALS, 1 page, part-printed letterhead, "Bosque Bonita, near Versailles," dated Sept. 2, 1871, to Genl. Breckenridge: "The case up Porter & Speed vs. your humble servant will be called in Frakfort in Wednesday next. You must not fail in being prsent. Yours A. Buford.", Very Fine

E. 300-400
1,300
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382
 
Mathew C. Butler. ALS ("M.C. Butler"), 1 page, dated Nov. 20, 1887, in bright purple ink on Senate stationery, to Genl. Bradley Johnson, letter refers to a dispatch to Butler from a Henry McCormick, which is also enclosed, original envelope in his hand accompanies letter, Very Fine

E. 200-250
95
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383
c
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 383, Confederate GeneralsThomas R.R. Cobb, Thomas R.R. CobbThomas R.R. Cobb. Signature ("ch T R R C") on cover addressed entirely in his hand to Howell Cobb, his brother, light "Athens Ga. Jun. 12" (1861) cds with matching "Paid" and "10" handstamps, opening tear through signature, address intact, a very rare signature- Genl. Cobb died from wounds received at Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862

E. 300-400
400
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384
c
James Conner. Signature on army field cover to his wife in Camden, "10" in circle hs, addressed in his hand, light signature in top left corner "J. Conner", very scarce

E. 100-150
65
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385
c
Montgomery D. Corse. Cover addressed entirely in his hand to "Mrs. Genl. Corse care of Dr. Radford Central Depot Va. & Ten. R.R", franked with 10c blue die a (11) tied by neat "Abingdon Va." cds, flap tears, Very Fine, desirable war-dated cover

E. 200-250
130
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386
 
John Echols. ALS, 1 page, datelined Staunton Va. May 10, 1874, to Genl. Breckenridge, exceptionally warm contents regarding rumors of ill health, tiny paper loss in one fold at top, not affecting content, otherwise quite fresh, Very Fine

E. 300-400
290
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387
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 387, Confederate GeneralsJubal A. Early, Jubal A. EarlyJubal A. Early. ALS (J.A. Early"), 4pp., 8-1/4 x 10-1/2 in., dated Mar. 27, 1867 from Toronto, to Genl. Breckenridge, a portion of the letter devoted to discussing distribution of his book, "my narrative of operations in 1864-65" which leads into a long diatribe against the "infernal demons" in Washington and Yankee reconstructionism ("the utter humiliation of the entire people, and the africanization of the country"), and goes on to castigate the President, "Johnson has become utterly contemptible in the eyes of his enemies...its for myself I wish the radicals will impeach, convict and hang him," and all Europe: "A very small portion of the civilized world is guiltless in regard to the wrongs done our people, and I want to see all the nations punished for their folly & wicked intermiddling in regard to the institution of slavery, about the propriety, advantages, and justice of which my opinions daily grow stronger." A request that Gov. Randolph receive a copy of his work inspires this conclusion: "Tell him I would like begin the fight over right now, though with the certainty that we would be exterminated. I now get to that condition that I think I could scalp a Yankee woman and child without wrinkling my eyes ." etc., Fine, an astonishing letter, full of venom and unrepentance

E. 2,500-3,000
2,600
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388
 
Jubal A. Early. ALS ("JA Early"), 1 page, dated June 18, 1868, to Geo. W. Read, recounting his participation in the Battle at Monocacy, Maryland, 1864 and ends by referring Read to his book, "my `Last year of the War'" Very Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
1,250
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389
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 389, Confederate GeneralsMatthew D. Ector, Matthew D. EctorMatthew D. Ector. ALS, 1-1/3pp., dated Feb. 3, 1870 at Marshall Tex., regarding the rumor that a mutual friend had been convicted of murder. He writes (in part): "I feel no ordinary friendship for Capt. T.- a friendship the result of years of suffering danger and trial. I have tested him under circumstances well calculated to prove him willing to meet danger like a man. I have every confidence that the provocation must have been great, the excitement unnatural or the danger imminent that would cause him to take the life of a fellow being." etc., Very Fine

E. 500-600
1,800
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390
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 390, Confederate GeneralsJohn B. Floyd, John B. FloydJohn B. Floyd. ALS, 1 page, headed Nicholas County Camp Gauley August 29, 1861: "Genl. A.W.G. Davis of Greenbrier county is authorized by me & fully impowered to contract for & purchase any and all such supplies for commissory stores that he may be able to buy, and to send the same to my camp," etc. He signs it, "John B. Floyd Brigdr. Genl. Commanding Army of Kanawha." Floyd served in the West Virginia campaign under Lee. He was removed from commmand by Pres. Davis after the surrender of Fort Donelson ( he escaped with his men after transfering command of the fort to General Pillow). He died of natural causes in early 1863. Very Fine, war-dated letters of Floyd are very rare

E. 750-1,000
950
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391
c
Richard Caswell Gatlin. Autograph note on large envelope addressed to him at Ft. Smith, Ark., postmarked Washington Mar. 21, 1861: "Relating to my being made a prisoner of war by Arks troops my release and resignation of my commission of Major 5th Inft to take effect May 20 61", with free frank of Lorenzo Thomas as Adjutant General, opening tears along top, far from text and Thomas's signature, very early war-dated example from Gatlin who was shortly afterwards appointed adjutant general of North Carolina and colonel of infantry in the Regular Confederate Army

E. 200-250
280
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392
c
James M. Goggin. Two pieces. Includes cover addressed entirely in his hand to "Mrs. Jas. M. Goggin Yellow Branch Campbell Co. Virginia" and franked with 10c Blue Die B (12) tied by blue Petersburg Va. cds, also cover with No. 12 tied by partial Richmond cds and addressed to "Maj. J.M. Goggin A.A.G. McJames Div. Longstreets Corps Near Chattanooga Tenn."; first with small piece out of address area, other with soiling

E. 150-200
1,050
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393
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 393, Confederate GeneralsWilliam Joseph Hardee, William Joseph HardeeWilliam Joseph Hardee. Autograph field order to Genl. Churchill, dated July 1, 1863: "Genl.: Withdraw your Brigade immediately. W.J. Hardee Lieut. Genl." Fine

E. 400-500
625
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394
 
William Joseph Hardee. Bold signature ("W.J. Hardee Lieut. General") on small piece, closing portion of letter apparently addressed to Genl. Cleburne (." [...]fully General your obdt servant") with pencil "Gen. Cleburne" on back, which would date this as being from the Chattanooga campaign; toned, with sealed tear just into lower part of "G", still a desirable signature

E. 200-250
260
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395
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 395, Confederate GeneralsThomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, Thomas J. "Stonewall" JacksonThomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. Signature ("T.J. Jackson Maj. Genl.") in 2 lines on small blue lined piece, Fine

E. 2,000-2,500
4,250
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396
 
Albert Sidney Johnston. ALS, 1 page, dated Aug. 29, 1853 at Austin Tex., to Col. Coffee with brief message regarding money drawn "in favor of John M. Swisher," etc. signed "A. Sidney Johnston Paymaster U.S.A.," with integral address leaf entirely in his hand, postmarked blue Austin cds and "Paid 3" in arc hs, toning band affecting contents but not signature

E. 400-500
1,150
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397
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 397, Confederate GeneralsRobert E. Lee, Robert E. LeeRobert E. Lee. Neat bold signature ("R.E. Lee") on carte de visite with Mathew Brady imprint at bottom: "Brady & Co. Washington." This was one of three photographs taken at Brady's gallery in Washington, in May 1869- the last time General Lee would sit for him; old tape marks on back only, Very Fine

E. 6,000-8,000
4,750
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398°
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 398, Confederate GeneralsRobert E. Lee, Robert E. LeeRobert E. Lee. LS, 1 page, dated Oct. 31, 1836, to acting Quartermaster Major Cross acknowledging receipt of documents for the Corps of Engineers. Boldly signed "By order R.E. Lee Lt. Asst. Adjutant", Very Fine

E. 4,000-5,000
0
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399
c
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 399, Confederate GeneralsRobert E. Lee, Robert E. LeeRobert E. Lee. Cover addressed entirely in his hand: "Genl. E. Porter Alexander Profs University S.C. Columbia South Carolina," "Lexington Va. Nov. 6" cds, cover slightly reduced at L. into c.c., Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
375
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400
c
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 400, Confederate GeneralsJames Longstreet, James LongstreetJames Longstreet. Buff cover addressed in his hand in pencil to Col. E.P. Alexander, red-pencil docketing in latter's hand: "Longstreet to EPA Nov. 27 63", Fine, rare war-dated example

E. 300-400
210
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401
 
John Singleton Mosby. ANS, undated, to James Dangerfield: "I have your letter about Gen: Stuart: His son- J.E.B. Stuart lives in Richmond Va. Very truly Jno:S.Mosby", Pemberton & McAdoo letterhead, fresh and Fine

E. 300-400
625
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402
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 402, Confederate GeneralsWilliam Nelson Pendleton, William Nelson PendletonWilliam Nelson Pendleton. ALS, 2pp., datelined "Hd. Qrs. Ar. Tenn. Mch 21st. 1864," written as chief of artillery, to Genl. Joseph E. Johnston, he lists his suggestions toward the "full efficency" of Johnston's artillery, mentions the expected arrival of "better guns", the poor state of horses after the winter of 63-64, efficency of the General's officers, and concludes that "thus adjusted, will prove greatly efficient and hopefully contribute to the great victory which this army by the blessing of providence is destined, I trust, to achieve, at no distant day." Because of its official nature, this letter was probably a rough draft to be copied out in a more legible hand, as there are a number of additions and cross-outs, all in Pendelton's hand; some wear at folds, Fine, very scarce war-dated letter

E. 1,000-1,250
1,600
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403
 
Albert Pike. Signature on card, Very Fine

E. 100-125
105
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404
 
John S. Preston. ALS, 2-1/3pp, datd 1872 at Warm Springs Va., to Genl. Breckenridge, regarding a reference for his son, who had abandoned "the law in which I think he had good promise", in favor of a professorship, Fine

E. 400-500
260
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405
 
Gustavus W. Smith. ALS, 3-1/3pp., dated Oct. 18, 1874, to Genl. Breckenridge, mentions recovering from a fever, with reference to two doctors he recommends to the General, and includes a 1 page extract (in Smith's hand) from one doctor advising Breckenridge on where to travel for his health; Breckenridge died 7 months later from the affects of major surgery, Very Fine

E. 250-350
260
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406
 
Gustavus W. Smith. ALS, 1 page, dated oct. 27, 1874 at Frankfort Ky., to his friend John Breckenridge, regarding the General's health, Very Fine

E. 200-250
260
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407
c
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 407, Confederate GeneralsKirby Smith, Kirby SmithKirby Smith. Signature as Major General on cover addressed entirely in his hand to "Mrs. Edmund Kirby Smith", "Tudor Hall Va." cds and matching "DUE 5" in arc, faint toning, small piece out at top (restorable, otherwise Fine, very scarce signature on cover with rank

E. 300-400
375
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408
 
William Smith. ALS ("Wm. Smith"), 1 page, dated Oct. 7, 1863 from Richmond, to a John McCauley: "As it will require careful attention to the main chance, to bring expenses within my salary for the next year, I have concluded to trouble you with this note. I wish a keg of prime October butter made in your county & you will oblige me by procuring it for me. If you will do so I will remit you a check for the amount on the receipt of the bill," etc., few toned spots and some separations; with integral address leaf addressed in his hand and franked with 10c Blue Die A tied by Richmond cds, Fine, interesting letter which demonstrates that a man in his 60s, by alternating his attendence at sessions of Congress with fighting on the battle field (Seven Days, Gettysburg, etc.), could also attend to his cholesterol intake

E. 1,000-1,500
700
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409
 
Alexander P. Stewart. ALS, 1 page, dated Apr. 21, 1897 on National Park Commission stationery, responding to a inquiry about the four grades of generals and who is still alive, etc., Very Fine

E. 300-400
280
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410
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 410, Confederate GeneralsRichard Taylor, Richard TaylorRichard Taylor. Autograph field order, signed ("R. Taylor") in pencil, to General Churchill: "The ordnance- Forage & subsistence trains of the Cavalry will be passed through the infantry first- next the trains of your command will be similarly passed- Next the train of Genl. Walker- and last the trains of Genl. Polignac." Fine

E. 500-600
950
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411
 
Robert Toombs. ALS ("R. Toombs"), 1 page, undated, to Genl. Breckenridge, regarding a visit, Very Fine

E. 300-400
280
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412
c
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 412, Confederate GeneralsRobert Toombs, Robert ToombsRobert Toombs. Signature on cover, "R. Toombs Bg Genl." etc. on cover addressed in his hand to Vice President Stephens in Richmond with "Orange C.H. Va. Mar. 24" cds and "Due 5" in arc, large pencil "1" indicating Richmond carrier service, 1862 docketing on back by Stephens, edge faults incl. light water staining at R., just touching last letter in his signature, scarce

E. 200-250
290
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413
 
Joseph Wheeler. Four ALSs, 11pp., 1901 and 2 undated, includes 3 letters to Evelyn Salisbury, who he sent "the Wheeler Geneology [and] a copy of my history of the campaign of Santiago June & July 1898, also my report up on the `island of Guam'", etc., another letter mentions seeing Comm. Isaac Hull when Wheeler was a child, Fine-Very Fine, includes an example of his calling card with Alabama address

E. 350-450
270
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414
 
Louis T. Wigfall. ALS, 1 page, dated Apr. 1, 1872 at Baltimore, to Genl. Breckenridge regarding a visit, Very Fine

E. 200-250
150
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415
 
Louis T. Wigfall. ALS, 2pp., dated May 19, 1867, to Genl. Breckenridge, regarding a visit (both men were living in England at this time), Very Fine

E. 200-250
125
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416
 
John H. Winder. Two pieces. Includes signed note, 2-7/8 x 4-3/8 in., dated Nov. 18, 1863, written below it is ANS of R.G.H. Kean signed with his position as Chief of Bureau of War: "An examination by Major Carrington is suggested. By order of the Sec. of War."; 2nd piece is 1862 LS of B.N. Clements as Chief of Appointment Bureau authorizing the reestablishment of the Twelve Mile post office, 1st with some toned spots, Fine, latter is Very Fine

E. 200-250
325
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417
 
Henry A. Wise. ALS, 1 page, dated Oct. 27, 1859, written as governor of Viriginia, ten days after the capture of John Brown, to his friend John Gillet, saying he will not be home before Dec. 1, owing to the "excitement caused by this Harper's Ferry affair." Very Fine

E. 250-350
325
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418
c
Confederate Generals and Related. Group of 20 covers addressed to E.P. Alexander, includes those in the hand of Beauregard, French (with autograph return address), John Brown Gordon, Pendelton, Walter Taylor, covers from Longstreet though not in his hand, also 1885 cover from Union Genl. James Harrison Wilson, etc., all post-war except hand-carried example in an unknown hand, docketing by Alexander includes comments like "Gordon/Retreat" and "French about DH HIll" and one with "Last letter of the war...Apr. 3rd 65- on retreat to Appomattox"; very mixed condition but an interesting and intriguing group

E. 300-400
325
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419
c
Confederate Generals. Three, Wm. H. Forney and Thomas Jordan, each on separate card with rank, and R.B. Vance as MC on House of Rep. front only with "Washington D.C. Congress" cds and 3c stamp, Fine

E. 150-200
230
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420
 
Confederate Generals. Five signatures, including S.B. Buckner, Wade Hampton and James Longstreet each on separate card, John Bankhead Magruder on part printed clip; Humphrey Marshall on pre-war free franked cover; Longstreet with minor toning, Fine lot

E. 300-400
850
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