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    [Civil War]. Carter L. Stevenson Autograph Endorsement Signed. One page, 7.5" x 9.75", Richmond, August 26, 1861. Placed at the lower edge of a copy of a letter to General Robert E. Lee, Stevenson writes, in full: "Copy for Genl. [Thomas "Stonewall"] Jackson / Official / C. L. Stevenson / A. Genl." The letter itself, written four months into the Civil War, is short and informs Gen. Lee that "Col. [Angus William] McDonald had, previously to your orders to him, been directed to proceed with his Regiment to Hampshire County." Folds. Lightly toned around the edges; left edge is chipped in the lower half.

    Carter L. Stevenson (1817-1888) graduated from West Point in 1838. He rendered distinguished service in the Seminole War and the Mexican War, being cited for bravery at Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma. In the years leading up to the Civil War he took part in the Seminole War of 1856-57 and the Utah Expedition. With the outbreak of the Civil War he offered his services to his native Virginia and was given command of the 53rd Virginia Infantry. Stevenson was promoted to brigadier general in February 1862 and shortly thereafter transferred to the Department of East Tennessee where he was given command of a division. He was promoted to major general in October of 1862 and served gallantly and ably at Chickasaw Bluffs, Champion's Hill, and Vicksburg, where he was briefly a prisoner. After returning to Confederate service, he brilliantly led his troops at Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Kennesaw Mountain, Resaca, and Nashville, surrendering with Johnston in April 1865.


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    April, 2014
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