DescriptionAutograph Letter Signed by Edmund Kirby Smith to Sterling Price Reinstating the Court Martialed Colonels of Marmaduke's Brigade in Preparation for the Raids on Missouri ALS "E Kirby Smith", 1 page, 8" x 10.5", "Head Quarters Trans Miss Dept Shreveport", August 11, 1864. His instructions read, in full: "I authorise [sic] you to return to duty the Colonels in Marmaduke's Brigade who were reduced by court martial, after you cross the Arkansas River. I am induced to take this course by the representations of Gov Reynolds [confederate Governor of Missouri] who says he will be responsible for their good conduct." After several unsuccessful attempts into the east side of the Mississippi, Kirby Smith decided to concentrate his efforts on the west of the river and directed Price to take all cavalry to attempt recovery of Missouri. Price left Princeton, Arkansas in August of 1864, in the company of the cavalry divisions of J. F. Fagan and John S. Marmaduke. He would soon meet up with J.O. Shelby's cavalry. With forces totaling over 12,000 men, Price would enter Missouri on September 19. His forces would suffer a bloody defeat on September 27 at the hands of Thomas Ewing's Federal forces. His forces would continue west meeting ever-toughening Federal forces and eventually retreating including a detour through Indian Territory. Governor Thomas C. Reynolds, who had accompanied Price throughout the campaigns, greatly criticized Price's abilities pointing out his "glaring mismanagement and distressing mental and physical military incapacity." The letter is tipped and in good condition with a bit of paper loss at the folds, none affecting the text. There is an endorsement in an unknown hand on the verso. Great content letter just prior to the start of the last organized Confederate Military action in the Trans-Mississippi region.
Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping
Sales Tax information | Terms and Conditions
Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments
Glossary of Terms
Buyer's Premium per Lot:
19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.
- Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
- Bid online
- Free Collector newsletter
- Want List with instant e-mail notifications
- Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
- Cash Advances
- More Bidders
- Trusted Experts
- Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
Learn about consigning with us
The pre and post sales experience was wonderful and flawless. Heritage has the best in-house operation I have ever seen and their people are not only professional but fun to work with, especially Steve C.View More Testimonials
As for Heritage's online system… Yes the interface is more complex than what we are used to with SAN but what is behind that interface is amazing for sellers and buyers alike. It is real time and for a real serious auction buyer there is nothing better in the auction industry, bar none.
HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)