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Sale 1016 — Confederate States, U.S. Postal History, General Foreign

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 15-17 November, 2011

Category — Confederate States: Military Figures

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
501
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 501, Confederate States: Military FiguresJoseph E. Johnston, Joseph E. JohnstonJoseph E. Johnston. Buff cover with "Head Qrs. Department, Northern Va." two-line imprint addressed in the hand of Commanding General Joseph E. Johnston to Brigadier General Jubal A. Early, "To Brigr Genl. J. A. Early, Comg. 4th Divn A.P.", sent from Winchester Va. between October 1861 and April 1862, flaps opened and slightly refolded, Very Fine, a rare military cover from Gen. Johnston to Gen. Early, ex Seacrest and Walske, with 1990 Pannick certificate incorrectly attributing the cover to General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson

E. 1,000-1,500
2,100
502
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 502, Confederate States: Military FiguresJoseph E. Johnston to P. G. T. Beauregard, Aug. 1861, Joseph E. Johnston to P. G. T. Beauregard, Aug. 1861Joseph E. Johnston to P. G. T. Beauregard, Aug. 1861. One-page letter datelined "Manassas Aug. 23d, 1861" from Johnston, in his hand, to Beauregard in response to reports of Union troop movements, reads in full "Dear General, Longstreet had better look into this & if there is such a force unsupported, take possession of it or drive it off. I do not want to make a war of outposts. Neither do I wish that we should be driven in part now. I had rather withdraw after driving back the enemy. Yours truly J.E. Johnston Genl.", reverse docketed with "Manassas, August 23, Genl. J.E. Johnston Comdg. Reports advance of 2,000 of enemy and ordered attention of Longstreet to the movement. Received August 23/61", this part does not appear to be in Beauregard's hand and was most likely written by an aide, possibly Thomas Jordan, Very Fine, a wonderful and historical letter between two of only seven men who would serve the Confederacy as full general officers, the First Battle of Bull Run was fought at Manassas only one month prior to this letter

E. 1,000-1,500
750
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503
 
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 503, Confederate States: Military FiguresP. G. T. Beauregard, Jan. 1869, P. G. T. Beauregard, Jan. 1869P. G. T. Beauregard, Jan. 1869. Initialed "G.T.B." at bottom of of 1862 telegram transcription from Union General John "Headquarters in the Saddle" Pope at Corinth Miss. to General Henry Halleck in Washington, telegram reads "Maj. Gen Halleck, The enemy are reinforcing heavily on my front and left. The cars are running constantly and the cheering is immense every time they unload in front of me. I have no doubt from all appearances that I shall be attacked in heavy force at daylight. John Pope, Maj. Gen.", the telegram was given to Beauregard, probably to assist him in his research for the book on the Civil War that he published, by Confederate General Joseph Wheeler, who was also at Corinth (and later served in Congress and for the U.S. in the Spanish-American War), Beauregard writes in pencil on the telegram (regarding Pope's somewhat hysterical sounding message to Halleck) "The Confederate forces at Corinth were then evacuating that position and that was only a trick of mine to deceive the Federals as to my whereabouts and movements", some minor edge splitting, otherwise Very Fine, an outstanding original document which gives both a contemporary insight into the events at Corinth and a later recollection of it by two of the most prominent Union and Confederate generals of the Civil War

E. 750-1,000
650
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