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C.S. General James Longstreet- Lee's "Old War Horse" Tries to Get a U.S. Pension
Item #: A6404
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This is an authentic signature of Confederate General James Longstreet (1821-1904). Longstreet was a West Pointer that resigned as a Major in the U.S. Army in June of 1861 to Join the Confederacy as a Brigadier General. As a Major General he commanded a division and as a Lieutenant general he was placed in charge of the 1st Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia. In September he was sent with part of His Corps to Tennessee. This was for his disagreement about strategy with Lee at Gettysburg. After he commanded the left wing at the Battle of Chickamauga he was placed in charge of the Department of East Tennessee. He was severely wounded during the Battle of the Wilderness but resumed his command in October of 1864. He was with General Lee for the surrender at Appomattox. This letter is dated October 2nd 1885 and measures 9 inches by 5-3/4ths inches in overall size. It is written on a single sheet of lined paper and is inscribed on both sides. It is stamped by the U.S. Pension Office, Court of Pensions note on the back side. This letter has very cool content. Ex-Confederate General Longstreet asks to write for a federal pension, based on injuries received during the Mexican-American War in 1847, but asks that his plea stays out of the newspapers. The General states "I beg your indulgence to inquire if I am entitled to a pension for a severe wound received in storming Chapultepec in Mexico, on the 13th of September 1847. At the same time I will ask that the matter be so investigated that it shall not reach the newspapers, unless the decision should be favorable, as an adverse decision will put me in position not very pleasant. I have frequently been told by surgeons who examine applicants that my claim is a just one, but the fact of being in the Confederate Army since the war casts a doubt in my mind, as to the law in the case." He signs it " I remain Respectfully + Truly Your Obt. Serv. James Longstreet". It is a fine original signature that will make a solid addition to any Confederate Civil War collection. A Xerox copy of an original photograph of the general will accompany the autograph for display purposes.

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