DescriptionGeneral John B. Magruder Letter Signed to Missouri Governor Thomas C. Reynolds. One page, 8" x 10.5", written on Head Quarters, District of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona letterhead, Houston, April 9, 1865. Docketed on verso. Reynolds was a lawyer and politician who, upon the death of the sitting governor, became the second Confederate Governor of Missouri. Following the Union occupation of Missouri, Reynolds was a governor without a state, and he was eventually forced to move his state government to Marshall, Texas. In hopes of resecuring his governance, Reynolds accompanied General Price in his raid back into Missouri. Unfortunately, disagreements between Price and Reynolds led the politician to make outrageous accusations against Price, going so far as to publish newspaper articles about Price's failures and lack of character, and demanding that Price resign his military commission.
Here, General Magruder responds to a request for information which Reynolds hopes will be useful in his case against Price. Unfortunately, Magruder offers little. In part: "In sending an order to Gen. Price as he was coming thro' the Indian Territory, I addressed a private note in a kind spirit to Gen. Price welcoming him back... and telling him that his expedition had been in some respects successful... I made no allusion to you whatever and said nothing of Gen. Price's conduct, of which I knew nothing, and which was not in question, but spoke of what I believed to be the beneficial effects in general." A court of inquiry was held a few weeks after this letter was written, but was never concluded due to the end of the war. Fine. Overall age toning. Two small verso repairs to weak spots due to ink burn are unnoticeable. Housed in a custom gray buckram book with gilt lettering on cover and spine.
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