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Autograph of V.M.I. Cadet John Sergeant Wise -Davis & Lee's Courier
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John S. Wise was a member of the House of Representatives (1883–1885), a judge, and, late in his career, a writer of novels and history. Born in Brazil the son of Henry A. Wise, who went on to serve as governor of Virginia, John Wise grew up in Accomack County. He attended the Virginia Military Institute and fought at the Battle of New Market, Virginia in 1864 with the V.M.I. Cadet Corps. He was posted in charge guard of the Cadets' baggage train. Defying orders to stay there, he took part in the Cadets' famous charge. After the battle, he was commissioned in the Confederate States Army. He was a messenger between President Jefferson Davis and General Robert E. Lee and he was the person who carried the message to Davis of Lee’s surrender. After the Civil War, he earned a law degree at the University of Virginia and following his father into politics. He retired in 1907 and died six years later. The autograph is accompanied by a printed biography of his service as well as a modern Xerox image of Wise. The paper that the autograph is on is a receipt dated from 1882. It measures 8 inches by 6 inches in overall size. It is a fine piece of history!

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