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The Brandon Collection of Confederate States, Part 2 continued...

Shadows of the War: R.E. Lee and T.J. Jackson Letters continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
12 c ImageFort Sumter. Three related items, first bears U.S. 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) tied by "Montgomery Ala. Apr. 12, 1861" circular datestamp on blue legal-size cover to Tuskaloosa Ala. and used on the day shots fired on Fort Sumter, second with Confederate "Charleston S.C. Apr. 14" double-circle datestamp with "10" due handstamp to Johnsonville N.C. and used on the second anniversary of the surrender of Fort Sumter, third bears C.S.A. 10c Blue, Die A (11) tied by "Rock Hill S.C. Sep. 1" to Fort Sumter, some faults, overall Fine-Very Fine (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $190.00
Will close during Public Auction
13   Fort Sumter. Two letters, both from Warrenton Ala, one dated Apr. 14, 1861 (the day Anderson surrendered Fort Sumter), the other Apr. 16, first notes "every day we heard that they had taken Fort Sumter if that is true we will take this fort in a few days", second letter notes "We are preparing for war very fast...we captured another vessel last evening it was load with provisions", some age spots and slight wear, still interesting letters

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $400.00
Will close during Public Auction
14 c ImageRobert E. Lee. Bold signature "R. E. Lee Genl" at top right of brown homemade cover addressed in Lee's hand to "Mrs. William H. Fitzhugh, Sec. at Dr. Conways, Governor Street, Richmond Virginia"

VERY FINE ROBERT E. LEE AUTOGRAPHED FIELD COVER. A GREAT RARITY.

General Robert E. Lee's letters sent from the field were enclosed in envelopes signed "R. E. Lee Genl". The letters and other important papers were carried by military courier, usually to Richmond to another officer under Lee's command. Lee assumed command of the Army of Northern Virginia on June 1, 1862. This is the historical starting point for all of Lee's signed field covers. (Image)

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E. $ 7,500-10,000

SOLD for $5,750.00
Will close during Public Auction
15   ImageThomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. A remarkable 2-1/2 page autograph letter signed and dated August 13, 1861, asking the commanding general of the Confederate States army to order the return of a horse that Jackson captured at Harper's Ferry and loaned to another officer, bold signature, in excellent condition

A RARE AND FASCINATING WAR-PERIOD LETTER WRITTEN AND SIGNED BY "STONEWALL" JACKSON, CONCERNING THE RETURN OF A HORSE -- "AS THE HORSE I HAVE IS TOO ROUGH FOR ME TO RIDE, AND I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO PROCURE A SUITABLE ONE, I RESPECTFULLY REQUEST THAT YOU WILL GIVE AN ORDER BY THE BEARER, DIRECTING LIEUT. [BRADFORD] TO RETURN THE HORSE TO THE OFFICER FROM WHOM HE RECEIVED HIM."

The letter reads in full:

"Hd Qtr 1st Brigade, Camp Harmon, Fairfax County, Aug. 13th, 1861

Major,

I respectfully request that you will lay this communication before the General commanding. Whilst in command at Harpers Ferry I assumed the responsibility of taking from the B&O.R.R. cars an excellent lot of ten horses which I had reason to believe were destined for the use of the Federal Army at the Relay House. Subsequently I learned that the horses were from the State of Ohio. The owner insisted on being paid for his property, or else have it returned to him. As no public funds were in the hands of the Quartermasters, and believing it impolitic to permit the horses to go on, and also inexpedient not to pay for them promptly, as they were from another state, I determined to borrow the money (fifteen hundred dollars) which was effected through the assistance of friends. Two of the horses I thought of keeping under the provisions of paragraph 1030 of the Army Regulations.

Soon after I had occasion to employ Mr. Bradford, now Lieut. Bradford, on service that required an excellent horse. I directed Major John H. [sic] Harman of the Quartermasters Department to turn over to him the best horse in his possession, and Lieut. B. selected one of the two that I had thought of keeping. Though months have elapsed since the order was given, yet the horse has not been returned. A few days since I directed the officer who turned over the horse to get him back, and give the requisite receipts, but Lieut. B as I have been informed refused to give him up. Subsequently he called on me and stated that he would return the animal next day, but he failed to do. He has no claim on the horse. I conceive that I have, as I purchased him upon my own responsibility, and paid for him out of my individual funds, without any assurance that the State would take him off my hands. As the horse I have is too rough for me to ride, and I have not been able to procure a suitable one, I respectfully request that you will give an order by the bearer, directing Lieut. B. to return the horse to the officer from whom he received him. I desire at once to purchase and pay for the animal.

Very Respectfully, Your Obdt. Servt., T. J. Jackson, Brig. Genl. P.A.C.S.

To Maj. Thos. G. Rhett, AA Genl."

Official receipt docketing on back and subsequent notation on back from Benjamin S. Ewell (former Confederate army officer) establishing provenance of the letter. (Image)

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E. $ 7,500-10,000

SOLD for $10,000.00
Will close during Public Auction

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