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    [George E. Pickett]. LaSalle Pickett Archive comprised of one cabinet photograph and eight letters spanning the years 1921 through 1928 (three of the letters are undated). The bulk of letters are written to her grandson, Christiancy "Chris" Pickett, or his wife, Eula May.

    Sallie Ann "LaSalle" Corbell claimed to have first met her future husband, Confederate Gen. George E. Pickett, in 1852, but the two did not marry until September 15, 1863, a day she describes in a letter to Chris many decades later: "September 15 . . . When you see the date above you will remember what this day means to your Dear Mother? . . . To-day I hear again the melodious notes of the old song . . . as played by the bands in the old Division when my Soldier and I came from the old Church in Petersburg where we were married. . . . I hear the echo of the cheers of the men as we rode past, all wishing happiness for their beloved Commander . . . It all comes back to me now, the glory of the day, Saint Paul's Church . . . the host of friends who had gathered to do honor to the General who had won all hearts in his service in Petersburg."

    In 1911, her eldest son, Captain George Pickett Jr., who was returning from the Philippines when he contracted yellow fever, died at sea and she entered a depression that never quite left her. Over the next decade, she slowly wasted away, as illustrated in an undated letter to Chris (who was the son of George Jr.): "I am still fighting for life - and the love of my loved ones helps to strengthen the muscles to work & the nerves to endure & heart to bear." While the majority of the letters are handwritten, a few are typed, which she mentions in a letter to Eula: "My hands are not strong enough to guide my pen aright or I would send you a hand-made one . . . The people I Iove most are most likely to receive machine versions." With a 4.25" x 6.5" cabinet card, presumably of Chris and Eula.

    Following the death of her husband in 1875, LaSalle Pickett (1843-1931) became a prolific author who romanticized his life and deeds, representing him as the quintessential "Lost Cause Hero."


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