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    George Pickett Autograph Letter Signed "Your George". One page (front and back) in pencil, "Sunday 3 ½ P.M./ July 10 [1864]," n.p., in pencil to Sallie, his new wife, concerning a possible one night tryst together. The Confederate general also writes of a matter that concerned General Robert E. Lee. In part as written: "I have this moment returned from a ride out along the lines-and truly a warm one it was my darling wife-Captain Stuart is sending in his boy by the train so that you will get this sooner than should I dispatch a courier. I have but a moment my baby to write, but must make the boy wait till I can tell my Sallie that her husband is so anxious to see her, to kiss her. . . . Husband will try to steal in Tuesday but do not look certainly for many things, in fact anything might prevent me-should your George come, he will not be in before 9 o'clock probably later and would have to start back by early in the morning. But to see his own own good wife, he would risk a little of his reputation, and ride over the whole country yet and everything else. I sent sisters first letter, but as yet have heard nothing from Genl. Lee-cant say why-If I do not get some intimation of its being attended to within the next two days I shall make Blain put in an application for [?] bond on the necessities of the case and will endorse accordingly."

    Less than a month after the Second Battle of Petersburg, General Lee and General Pickett were spending the final nine months of the Civil War involved in a struggle against Union forces under General Ulysses S. Grant. During this climax of the war, Pickett takes time to write a passionate letter to his new bride, LaSalle Corbell "Sallie" Pickett, revealing a devoted and infatuated husband-they had been married in September 1863. All of his letters to her between 1863 and 1866 range from lengthy, elaborate love letters to brief notes hurriedly scribbled on available pieces of paper. This letter has been archivally restored to remove cello tape; it has also been tissued and paper has been added, which has affected a few words. Good condition.


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