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    Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson Autograph Letter Signed with Additional Signed Cover. One page, 7.25" x 9.25", September 25, 1861. Addressed to his old friend, Gen. Kenton Harper (in actuality, Harper held a colonel's commission in the Confederate Army), from the headquarters of the 1st Brigade "near Fairfax Station [Virginia]," Jackson acknowledges the receipt of a letter and laments Harper's resignation from the army, in full:

    "Your letter of the 9th just came safe to hand, as well as your official report of the affair at Homesville, for both of which please accept my thanks. Though your name no longer appears on the Roster of the Brigade, yet your history is identified with its history and though in the Providence of an all wise God we may no longer be permitted to serve together in the same military organization, yet I trust that we may both meet each other often, enjoying the fruits of a lasting peace for which you have labored so hard and successfully. Should you ever come near me either in peace or war, I hope that you will not fail to honor me with a call."

    In August 1861, Harper (1801-1867) had received word that his wife as critically ill. Sadly, his wife died and he requested leave to attend the funeral. According to most historians, it was Jackson himself who denied Harper's request and on September 11 he resigned his commission and returned home (some scholars maintain that it was not Jackson, but Jackson's superior, Gen. Joseph Johnston, who denied the request). Following his return to civilian life, Harper was re-elected to the Virginia legislature. He rejoined the Confederate Army as a colonel in 1864 and led his regiment, a reservist company he had raised, in the Battles of Piedmont and Waynesboro.

    Accompanying the letter is the original cover (front page only), measuring 5" x 3", addressed to Harper and signed a second time by Gen. Jackson. The letter has smoothed folds with the expected age toning. The text shows light blooming in places, but is overall clean and bright. The verso has been reinforced with archival tissue. Small spots of staining are evident at the right and left margins.


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