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    George Pickett Partial Autograph Letter Unsigned, with references to some of his slaves. One page (front and back) on lined paper, n.d., n.p., in pencil to his wife, Sallie. In part as written: "How glad I am my own precious one to find that you are better you cannot conceive of my anxiety and uneasiness on your account and your poor miserable George away from you and totally unable to assuage your pain, or share your trouble. . . . What happiness t'would be to kiss I dreamed darling that [some?] one attempted to take this ring from my little finger which you placed there with a wish and I had quite a nightmare. . . . If possible, should there be a lull in these [miserable?] attacks I will come to press you my baby to that heart once more, even should it be but for half an hour. I am so sorry my pet is worried about the maid servant & George . . . [illegible] Sister, Charlie and Blain are for having the boy sold, should I wish to return him to the Estate. I have no use for him with me, but to sell a negroe seems . . . [illegible]."

    Civil War General George E. Pickett's frequent letters to his wife, LaSalle "Sallie" Corbell Pickett, reveal a devoted and infatuated husband separated from his new bride by war. They were married in September 1863. Most of his letters to Sallie, composed during his military campaigns between 1863 and 1866, range from lengthy, elaborate love letters to brief notes like this one hurriedly scribbled on available pieces of paper. This letter, typical of all of his letters from that period, dealt with his concerns for his family and his consuming love for his new bride. This letter is fragile with fold separations repaired by cello tape which has browned, making a few words difficult to read. Near good.


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