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Sale 869 — Fall 2003 U.S. Rarities: United States, Confederate States, Historic Flights and Hawaii

Sale Date — Saturday, 15 November, 2003

Category — Confederate States

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3335
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3335, Confederate StatesRobert E. Lee, Robert E. LeeRobert E. Lee. Field endorsement "R.E. Lee Genl" on brown homemade cover addressed to General I. R. Trimble, Command Division, endorsed "Genl. Lee on my promotion" at left

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND BOLD SIGNATURE APPLIED BY GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE TO MAIL CARRIED BY MILITARY COURIER.

Trimble was appointed Brigadier General on Aug. 6, 1861, and was promoted to Major General on Jan. 17, 1863. On July 3, 1863, Trimble lost a leg and was captured during Pickett's charge at Gettysburg. He remained a prisoner until Feb. 1865. The docketing on this cover refers to his promotion to Major General; therefore, it is probably a January 1863 usage.

With 1981 C.S.A. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
6,000
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