Alexander Sandie Pendleton: Autograph Letter Signed "A. S. Pendleton A.A.G" by Stonewall Jackson's Closest Aide, to General Winder, August 9, 1862, (4 a.m.), "Hd. Qu. V.D. [Headquarters Valley District]". One page, 4.75" x 8", addressing on the verso. The letter is toned with some foxing, separations at the folds, and a tear to the left edge, else good. Addressed to Confederate General C. S. Winder, the letter informs the general of troop movements and relays an order, "Gen. Jackson directs that you assume command of the three remaining brigades of the division -." General Winder's new command was short-lived. He was killed within twelve hours of receiving this letter.

    Pendleton was regarded as one of the most capable staff officers in the Confederate forces during the Civil War. He served as Assistant Adjutant General of General "Stonewall" Jackson's II Corps. While still a student, Pendleton became acquainted with Jackson through a literary society in the mid-1850s. When the Civil War erupted, Pendleton was commissioned in the Confederate forces. Jackson quickly requested that the young officer be assigned to his command. During the war, the two men were seldom apart. When Jackson died from wounds he received at Chancellorsville, Pendleton dressed Jackson's body for burial. He also served as one of the pallbearers at Jackson's funeral. Pendleton would eventually fall in battle before the end of the war.

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