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    General John C. Breckinridge War-Dated Letter Signed Regarding Troop Movements. One page, 8" x 10", "Jenkin's Depot, May 4, 1864." In response to a dispatch from Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Breckinridge sends information about his forces to General Robert E. Lee. Grant's Overland Campaign began the day this letter was written, and the request for information was presumably made in response to rumors heard in Richmond about Grant's impending campaign. In part: "I have Monroe Co. 1600 men. Wharton at narrows of New River 900 men. McCausland at Princeton 1500 men, all infantry. Scarcely any mounted men yet east of New River. Enemy threatening ... and reported 8000 men which is probably exaggerated. It is 36 miles from Echols to Jackson's River Depot and 60 miles from Narrows. You thus see the situation. I was starting to the front but will wait to hear from you, and act upon your views of the emergency." Receiving word that the Union Army had entered the Valley, Breckinridge pulled together all available forces to repulse the latest threat, culminating eleven days later in Breckinridge's win at the Battle of New Market. Very good. Light age toning; numerous tears and chips along edges.

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