DescriptionConfederate Major General Thomas L. Rosser Autograph Letter Signed, "Thos Rosser," one page on personal letterhead, 8" x 10.5", December 31, 1895, Charlottesville, Virginia, to George B. Louek, Troy, New York. The letter reads, "The speech to which you refer was an impulsive extemporaneous outburst of an honest indignation in contemplating the spectacle of a legalized robbery in the name of patriotism. I fought for a cause, a principle and had I won, the victory would have been a sufficient reward. The pensioner seems to have upheld the 'Flag' for its material worth to him, and I suppose he would today pull it down for an increased pension. There were very many true, patriotic and noble men in both armies, North and South, but they are not tax eaters." Tipped-in by left margin to a collector's leaf, toned paper, very good condition.
Thomas Rosser (1836 - 1910) was a true Virginia cavalier, having ended the Civil War in command of Fitz Lee's cavalry. His patriotic "indignation" in this letter was hardly mere posturing: In 1898 the aging general would serve as a brigadier in the Spanish-American War.
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