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    Confederate General George E. Pickett Autograph Letter Signed "George", one page, 8" x 3.75", front and verso, [n.p., n.d.], in pencil, to his wife, Sallie. In part, "... word from you would go so far to cheer me ... had a brush yesterday and drove the 'enemy' ... - killing some fifty and capturing (hundred) fifty - alas! Barlow who is on opposite side of ... River (Genl Ransom with him) had not been ... at 12 yesterday, but have not taken the . . . in defense as had been expected, but I still hope for the best. I have ­your horse, twas a black one was it not my lily? This one is a black one, and I know it is your - I write in haste. Best love to the ladies. Bye Bye my own love. Your own devoted husband, forever . . . George ", and below signature: "Dear Sallie be . . . from your little. . . ." General George Edward Pickett served in the Army of Northern Virginia during the American Civil War and is best known for leading his Confederate soldiers against an impenetrable line of Union troops during the Battle of Gettysburg. After Gettysburg he once again met defeat at the Battle of Five Forks on April 1, 1865, as a division commander in the Defenses of Richmond, Virginia. During his Civil War campaigns, General Pickett frequently wrote to his wife, LaSalle Corbell "Sallie" Pickett. Married on September 15, 1863, two months after the Battle of Gettysburg, his letters from that date reveal a devoted and infatuated husband separated from his wife by war, often relating details of his campaigns. It is possible that Pickett wrote this letter in the spring of 1865 before the Battle of Five Forks, known as the "Waterloo of the Confederacy". The reference to "Barlow" is most likely Union Gen. Francis Barlow, who crossed the Appomattox River over the partially destroyed High Bridge, and "Genl Ransom", who is likely to be Confederate Gen. Matt Ransom. The original letter was written hurriedly in pencil on thin, lightly lined paper. Portions at the top and bottom of the page are missing, leaving rough edges, and a small rectangular section has been clipped from the top left corner. Light folds, fading, and tape repairs along fold lines, front and verso, small tears on right edge and along fold lines, good condition.

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