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    J.E.B. Stuart 1863 War Content Autograph Letter to Fitzhugh Lee on How to Attack "Kil" Kilpatrick with original envelope of transmittal. Two pages (front and back), 5" x 8" lined paper, Culpeper [Virginia], September 4, 1863, to "Brig Genl Fitz Lee". An important letter marked "(Confidential)" at the top, in full: "General, I wish to concert with you some measures for attacking alternately, Kilpatrick and Gregg with my whole force, and desire your views as well as an account of the force you would be able to bring to such an enterprise. Kilpatrick is probably at Hartwood- no Infy below Ellis'. Gregg is camped chiefly between Jeffersonton and the Spring with his Hd Qrs at the Fellow House (Hoffman's) No Infy this side of the Springs. I have found out a private ford not picketed which would enable us to effect a surprise of Gregg, and by crossing near Richard I could move on Kilpatrick, unmasking U.S. Ford for you to cross let me know your views & by doubling on these Divisions I hope we can finish them. We must do more of that sort of thing than we have heretofore done. Don't discuss the matter however with others. When you write address me confidentially. I hear you are a Major Genl I trust it is so, you deserve the honor & your country needs your promotion. You will probably have Chambliss, Wickham & Lomax as Brigadiers and you will be fortunate in having all pulling smoothly and together. Which has not been my luck. I have never had a team without at least one nag addicted to the 'Studs'.". The dark yellow envelope is addressed in Stuart's holograph and notated "Important and Confidential".

    Stuart singled out Fitzhugh Lee for praise regarding his actions at Gettysburg, saying the Lee "was one of the finest cavalry leaders on the continent, and richly [entitled] to promotion." The promotion mentioned in this letter actually had taken place on August 3, 1863. J.E.B. Stuart was certainly well acquainted with Brigadier General David McMurtrie Gregg and Colonel Hugh Judson Kilpatrick from the Gettysburg Campaign just ended. This letter offers an insight into the thinking of this legendary cavalry officer including his apparent dissatisfaction with some of his officers. The letter is in fine condition with folds and one third of the attached integral leaf has been removed. This is obviously the portion where Stuart signed it and it seems possible that a collector removed the signature at some point in the past.

    Condition:
    Fortunately, this excellent letter has survived to the present day. The envelope is in good condition with some tears where it was originally opened affecting only the "B" in Brig.


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