Jefferson Davis: War-Date Autographed Letter Signed Re: Capture of Union Gunboats. Important war dated Aug. 25,1863 ALS, signed "Jeffn. Davis" as President of the Confederate States, 1p., Richmond, 4.75" x 8", to Lola MacKubin Wood, wife of Confederate Naval hero John Taylor Wood. In full: "I have just received a note from your husband dated Aug. 23d. on board the C. S. Steamer 'Satellite.' He says 'I take great pleasure & pride in reporting to you the capture of the Yankee gunboats Satellite and Reliance, each 2 guns & 40 men with slight loss on our side. Unfortunately they are both short of coal. I am well & grateful for our success.' I hope we shall soon see him & that he shall be able to give you a fuller account of his adventures. Love to yourself and the little ones." Wood's father was a son-in-law of President Zachary Taylor. Davis, too, prior to his wife's premature death from yellow fever, was a son-in-law of Taylor. Davis, therefore, was an uncle-by-marriage to Wood. At the day this letter was written, Wood captured the Yankee schooner "Golden Rod", laden with coal, along with two cargo ships. Wood was an officer on board the C.S.S. Virginia during the Battle of Hampton Roads. He held simultaneous commands in both the Confederate Army and Navy. He commanded the C.S.S. Tallahassee, a raider and blockade runner. He managed to capture 33 Union ships during a ten-day period off the New England coast. When Richmond was evacuated, he escorted Jefferson Davis and his staff prior to Davis's capture at Irwinsville, Georgia. He managed to elude capture, eventually traveling to Canada where he remained until his death in 1904. Left margin slightly rough, else very clean and in fine condition.

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