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    Jefferson Davis Document Signed "Jefferson Davis." One page of a bifolium, 8.5" x 9.5", Richmond; March 13, 1865. In what would be one of the last correspondences between Davis and the Senate of the Confederacy, the message pertains to transmitting certain communications from the Secretary of War and other officers in the army, concerning supplies and military defense. It reads, in full:

    "Herewith I transmit a letter from the Secretary of War covering several communications from officers of the Army in reference to the present condition of the country as connected with military defense, and especially with the matter of supplies for the Army. They will serve to elucidate the message this day transmitted to you. The last in the order of time of those communications was received after my message was transmitted and refers to a contingency, which if it should occur must seriously affect the opinions which I then expressed. I invite your special attention to the papers submitted." With docketing on verso.

    In the spring of 1865, the Rebel army was beginning to falter against the increasing might of the Union army. Sherman's army had torn through the Carolinas and Grant was seemingly days away from capturing the Confederate capital of Richmond. With the situation looking increasingly bleak, Secretary of War, John C. Breckinridge, and other army officers sought to know the future of the Confederate army. It was on this same day, March 13, 1865, that the Confederate Congress, in a last ditch effort to bolster their chances, voted to approve black soldiers in the Rebel army. It should be noted, however, that the bill that passed did not promise freedom for those slaves who served. The last recorded correspondence between Davis and the Senate was a few days after this message, on March 17, 1865. From the Bret J. Formichi American Civil War Rarities Collection.

    Condition: Flattened mail folds, with a few small tears at the edges where the folds created weaknesses. Uneven toning throughout, especially along the left vertical edge. Foxing at the folds and on verso. Further toning and creasing on verso, else good.

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