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    Braxton Bragg Autograph Note Signed "Braxton Bragg". 2½ pages with docketing on verso, 5" x 8", Mobile, July 26, 1862, written at the close of a letter from General Theophilus H. Holmes to Bragg. By 1862, under Secretary of War George Randolph, the Confederates had formed the Trans-Mississippi Department with the idea that they would place land to the west of the Mississippi under one commander. Officials in Richmond did not agree and the Trans-Mississippi Department became a dumping ground for officers who had failed in other theatres and a place to get reinforcements. In this letter, General Holmes writes Braxton Bragg concerning two brigadier generals, [John S.] Roane and [Albert] Rust, whom he refers to as "worthless." Holmes goes on to say, "Inevitably on my arrival in Ark, I will make a full report of the state of things there."

    Bragg responds that he has no knowledge of Rust and Roane but mentions two others who are known to him as superior soldiers. "Gen. Holmes will be powerful in his new command...In Hindman he has a young soldier, but for his length of time, a remarkable one..." In 1862, Hindman became the commander of the Trans-Mississippi Department but was relieved after a time by General Holmes. Fine condition.


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