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    Confederate General States Rights Gist Autograph General Order No. 71 Signed "S. R. Gist." One page, 7.5" x 9.75", May 2, 1861, Charleston, South Carolina, on "Adj. & Insp. Genl's Office [with 'Head Quarters' handwritten at top]" letterhead. General Order Number 71 authorized the promotion (since "S[tephen]. D. Lee resigned") of two South Carolinian officers to lieutenant in the "Battalion of Artillery." The concluding sentence of the general order reads, "Adj. Genl. of the S. C. Army will extend this order./ By order of the Governor/ S. R. Gist/ Adjutant Genl."

    While marching bands played in the Charleston streets, South Carolina's legislature voted on December 20, 1860, to secede from the Union by a vote of 169-0. As fire-eaters like Gist hoped, other states soon followed. A lawyer and Confederate general from a prominent South Carolina family, Gist was killed during a charge in November 30, 1864, at the Battle of Franklin. That same day at Franklin, eleven other Confederate generals were killed. This general order signed by a hero of the first state to secede was issued just three weeks after the Battle of Fort Sumter rid South Carolina of Union forces prompting the war. This is a very scarce signature of an aptly named Southern states' rights advocate. Slight separation at one fold; on lined paper. Fine condition.


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