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    "Have not yet heard anything from Mas Robert [E. Lee]"

    George Pickett Autograph Letter Signed "Ever & 'forever' your devoted loving husband George". Two pages, 8" x 9.25", n.d. [ca. 1863], n.p., written to his young wife, Sallie, about recent Confederate troop movements. Pickett also mentions that he has not heard from General Robert E. Lee. In part: "I felt so perfectly lost last night. And like you, could not sleep. I rolled and tossed and thought of my heart, which was absent, but in the sweetest casket in the world. Aint it my true love? I thank you my pet for your hat, but ought I not to scold you? Will you ever let me give you any thing and not give it back to me? . . . Paper Philadelphia Enquirer just rec'd puts gold at 260 (two sixty). The enemy seems non-plussed as to the number of troops we have in Maryland. Should that matter go through all right, and I am afraid it will not, then, we will be relieved of this incubus in our [night?]. But if Salliette[?] darling of my heart will only for my sake take care of your precious self, and have the pretty[?] and come to see her husband. Wont she-yes I know she will. Husband does so long to be with her, to tell her so many things. To talk to her. She alone knows his heart. She alone shall ever, ever see it. . . . Have not yet heard anything from Mas Robert [E. Lee]." Below his closing, Pickett has written, "Kiss - ".

    Confederate General George E. Pickett (1825-1875) is best known for his failed charge at Gettysburg. Three months after that decisive battle, the general married LaSalle "Sallie" Corbell. In the final years of the war, he wrote many letters to his young wife-Pickett was twice her age when they married. Those letters often dealt with the general's concerns for his family and his overwhelming love for Sallie, his third wife. This letter contains Pickett's typical phrases of devotion to her, as well as a brief reference to General Lee. Written in ink on lined paper, the letter contains several marginal nicks (some paper loss along top edge), but no text is lost. Taped repairs can be seen on both pages, but text is easily read.


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    October, 2009
    16th-17th Friday-Saturday
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