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4th Alabama Cavalry Formation Letter by Confederate Gen. Phillip Roddey
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Here is a cool Confederate document from 1863. This is a hand written letter home from a Confederate General to his wife, Margaret. It measures 12-1/2 inches by 8-1/4th inches in size. It was written from Tuscumbia, Alabama and is dated February 3, 1863. It is written from Tuscumbia, Alabama, where Roddey's regiment, the 4th Alabama Cavalry, was organized the previous October. In this letter to his wife Margaret, Roddey's writes "I called for Genl. Bragg to allow me to report with my command to the front where there is a fight Expected-and have already got the order; and we are now moving as fast as possible. Will all be across the River by night or tomorrow and when you next hear from me, it will be with the Army now doing gallant service in our defence [sic] and if Fortune favours us I hope to return when this Strife is Ended & and not until then be it long or Short....Our cause now looks Brighter than at any future time in our history but I Expect that aspect to change most woefully for us before Spring closes, as it will in my opinion be impossible for us to withstand the heavy pressure that will be made by this overwhelming Army Now Every where in Our front & Lucky indeed will be the Man who does his duty to his Country and Still lives-but live or die I hope to do mine Satisfactorily to My Commanding General and My Countrymen." Roddey wrote this letter just as the 4th Alabama Cavalry Regiment was about to engage in attacks and raids on Union forces in Northern Alabama. Confederate Brigadier General Phillip D. Roddey (1826-1897) raised his own company of cavalry and saw action at the Battle of Shiloh, Brices Cross Roads, and the Battle of Selma. General Braxton Bragg described Roddey as "invaluable." It is simply signed to his daughter, "Yours Truly" with the initials "P.D.R." for Phillip D. Roddey. It is a great Southern document and is accompanied by a xerox image of the General in civilian clothes.

Item #: B5581
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