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    Confederate Brigadier General John Echols Letter Signed Introducing George S. Patton, Sr. One-page, 5.5" x 8.75", Headquarters 1st Brigade, Army Northern Virginia; February 18, 1864. A letter to Major General John C. Breckinridge in which Echols introduces George S. Patton of the 22nd Virginia Regiment: "I beg to introduce to you my friend, Col. George S. Patton of the 22nd Va Regt., the Senior Col of this Brigade, who will hand you this note. As he will be under your command, you will be pleased to find him a most accomplished officer & agreeable gentleman. He has been in service in this Department since the commencement of the War, and is perfectly familiar with the people and the army here and the country, its topography & wants & resources. He can give you any information in regard to our condition here which you may desire before you come to judge for yourself by actual observation..."

    George Smith Patton, Sr. (1833-1864) was born on Fredericksburg, Virginia, and raised in Richmond. A graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, Patton studied law until the Civil War broke out, when he joined the Confederate Army, serving in the 22nd Virginia Infantry. On September 24, 1864, he died from a wounded received at the Third Battle of Winchester on September 19, 1864. He was the grandfather of the Word War II General George S. Patton, Jr. (1885-1945)

    Condition: The letter has the usual folds; the ink is faded, especially at the top and bottom of the letter. There is weakness at the top and bottom of the center vertical fold, with the bottom portion repaired by tape on reverse side. Folded in four and addressed to Breckinridge, with filing docket at top (verso).

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    John Echols (1823-1896) was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, and attended the Virginia Military Institute, Washington College, and Harvard College. The six foot four Echols studied law and served in the Virginia House of Delegates for a time. He joined the Confederate army once Virginia seceded from the United States. Promoted to Brigadier General in April of 1862, Echols later commanded General John C. Breckinridge's right wing at the Battle of New Market in May of 1864. After the war, he lived in Virginia and Kentucky.

    John C. Breckinridge (1821-1875), born in Kentucky, served as a Major General in the Confederate army. Before the Civil War, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. He served as Vice President of the United States from 1857 to 1861 under President James Buchanan. He ran unsuccessfully for president in 1860, representing the Southern wing of the Democratic Party. He served as Confederate president Jefferson Davis's secretary of war in 1865.

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