A VERY FINE AND RARE ROBERT E. LEE FIELD COVER TO HIS WIFE AT RICHMOND. A DOUBLE SIGNATURE.
Autograph endorsement "R. E. Lee Genl" on brown field cover addressed in his hand to "Mrs. R. E. Lee" on Franklin Street in Richmond. Faint water spot at left. As choice as the double-signature field cover sold in our December 1995 auction for $14,300.
VERY FINE. A REMARKABLY FRESH AND CHOICE ROBERT E. LEE FIELD COVER.
General Lawton was placed in command of the Quartermaster General's department in the fall of 1863, after being wounded at Sharpsburg. He remained in that position until the end of the war.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF LEE'S SIGNATURE IN COMBINATION WITH CONFEDERATE GENERAL ISSUE STAMPS.
The original enclosure, not included, was a letter of condolence for the death of Randolph Fairfax, who was killed at Fredericksburgh.
AN IMPORTANT AND HISTORICAL LETTER FROM STEPHEN R. MALLORY, SECRETARY OF THE NAVY, REFERRING TO THE FAMOUS CONFEDERATE RAIDER "ALABAMA".
Mallory's letter to the wife of Commander J. M. Kell, second in command of the legendary raider C.S.S. Alabama, is a consoling reply to Mrs. Kell's recent communication in the wake of her young son's death. She was evidently trying to send letters to her husband while he was on board the Alabama. Mallory, in an apologetic and sympathetic tone, writes "...you have my heartfelt sympathy in your great distress...Mr. Kell's ship is not within my reach...your letters are sent to England as, from the last advices from the Alabama, this seems the best means of forwarding."
Contemporary references to one of the most famous of Confederate raiding ships are rare. This direct reference in a letter from the Secretary of the Navy himself is outstanding.
"If any of our men are fired on while passing through the country, I will lay waste the entire surrounding neighborhood. By order of GEN. J.H. MORGAN. R.A. ALSTON. A.A. Genr'l."
Sheet with no folds and the white paper remarkably bright throughout, for the sake of complete accuracy we note only a 22mm sealed tear at left, far from text, still a beautifully preserved piece, Very Fine, rare in any condition