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    Jefferson Davis, Civil War Date Letter as President of the Confederacy, 1862 Very fine content autograph letter signed, "Jeffn. Davis," 5" x 7.75", [Richmond], September 2, 1862 to Virginia Governor Jonathan Letcher speculating on war news. Davis writes in full, "My Dear Sir, I regret that I have no further news of operations by our army to communicate. The rumors in circulation are without confirmation in official dispatches. If they should be true, and be verified it will give me pleasure to notify you of it. In the mean time let me congratulate you on the brighter prospects for our cause. Very truly yrs. Jeffn Davis." We cannot be certain of which rumors were circulating at the time but it would most likely be one of two possibilities: on the same day Edmund Kirby Smith marched his forces into Lexington, Kentucky; or Stonewall Jackson's successful attack at Chantilly, Virginia and possibly Lee's advance to Frederick, Maryland which he would reach on September 7th. On September 17, McClellan and Lee faced off at Antietam Creek resulting in the single most bloody day of the war. Very light creases do little to detract from this excellent piece which is boldly penned on blue paper. Beautifully matted with gold trim and three-quarter length portrait of Davis. A spectacular piece of American history. From the collection of Bradley O'Leary. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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