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    Important Stonewall Jackson-to-James Longstreet Autograph letter Signed "T.J. Jackson", one page, 7" x 8.25", "Hdqrs 2 Dist", November 7, 1862 to "Lt. Genl. Longstreet", location not specified. An incredibly rare and desirable war-date letter penned in the field by Robert E. Lee's most trusted corps commander, the brilliant, bellicose and so very eccentric Thomas Jonathan Jackson. Both the letter's author and its recipient had been promoted to Lieutenant General just the day before, creating a management team that would earn the Army of Northern Virginia its greatest successes of the entire war. The late autumn of 1862 found the contending armies engaged in those cat-and-mouse maneuvers that would culminate in the Federal defeat at Fredericksburg come December. Jackson here recounts a Confederate cavalry raid led by the celebrated partisan leader Elijah V. White of Leesburg, Virginia. Another personality referred to in the letter is Gilbert Moxley Sorrell of Savannah, Longstreet's trusted aide and future Confederate brigadier. The letter reads in full: "Genl, Your dispatch of yesterday has been rec'd. The enemy has evacuated Snickersville Maj. White with his cavalry dashed into the place & captured 104 prisoners in addition to three or four wagons. The enemy appears to be collecting along the Manassas Gap R.R. about Piedmont. I send a bundle by the bearer to the care of Maj Sorrell will you please ask him whether it is delivered. It is from a family in Charlestown. Most respectfully,". This letter presents a rare opportunity for the serious collector to acquire a manuscript communication between Confederate officers of such lofty rank and importance. On ruled paper with two faint vertical creases and a central horizontal fold. Even toning overall with light browning along edges. Very good condition.



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