Sale 1146 — U.S. and Confederate States Postal History
Sale Date — Thursday, 15 December, 2016
Category — Civil War: Confederate Free Franks and Autographs
VERY FINE ROBERT E. LEE FIELD ENDORSEMENT ON COVER TO THE WIDOW OF GENERAL JOHN PEGRAM.
Hetty Pegram was once described by Henry Kyd Douglas as "the most beautiful woman of her day and generation," but her marriage to General Pegram was attended by several omens, including the bride breaking a mirror on her dressing table. When President Davis sent his private carriage and horses to take the couple to church, the horses stubbornly refused to go forward. Three weeks later, on February 6, 1865, General Pegram was killed at Hatcher's Run. On the day of Pegram's death, Lee was given command of all the armies of the Confederacy.
This cover once contained a letter of condolence, dated Feb. 11, 1865 at Petersburg, which is now part of the collection of the Virginia Historical Society (photocopy accompanies). Ex Walske. With 1967 Gordon T. Banks (Goodspeed) certificate.