Confederate General Samuel G. French Autograph Letter Signed "J. S. French." Four pages of a bifolium, 8" x 10", "Headquarters Petersburg, Virginia," November 24, 1862. The general writes to North Carolina Governor Zebulon Vance requesting that the governor organize a kind of home guard to observe, report, and even harass Union troop movements. General French begins the lengthy letter by complaining about the lack of "positive and accurate information as respected the force of the enemy under General [John G.] Foster." To remedy this, French proposes that Governor Vance "cause all Eastern Counties as far as practical the enrollment of all persons capable of bearing arms into companies (that are not conscripts) whose duty it shall be to watch the enemy and on any movements taking place to hover on his line of march and give information, and join our forces as guides and skirmishers." French, a graduate of the West Point class of 1843, served the state of Mississippi in 1861 as a chief of ordnance and began a similar home guard corps. Only weeks before penning this letter, French was promoted to major general. This letter bears only slight stains and ink smudging. The text, including in the signature, is very bold.

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