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    John D. Imboden Autograph Letter Signed Regarding the Punishment of the Men Responsible for His Brother's Arrest. Two pages, 7.5" x 12.5", Hd.qurs. C. S. troops on Shenandoah Mountain; December 30, 1862. Addressed to Col. Henry B. Davidson while Imboden was a colonel with the 1st Virginia Partisan Rangers, later known as the 62nd Virginia Mounted Infantry. In this letter Imboden writes to Davidson about the punishment of the troops responsible for his brother's arrest and declares himself satisfied with the outcome. He then reaffirms his friendship with the colonel and expressed his regret that this matter interrupted their previously cordial relationship. In a postscript, he mentions his promotion to Brigadier General, although he declares he does not consider it valid until President Davis officially sends the command. It reads in part:

    "I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of a copy of your SP: order No 38, of yesterday's date, expressing your regret for having punished private Berry of this command for an offense of which he was innocent. Whilst in my opinion the other two men punished with Berry were also innocent, I am willing to concede that upon the evidence before you the morning you ordered their punishment, there was a prima facie case of guilt, which has only been rebutted by evidence addressed subsequent to their punishment, & that as you acted upon the evidence before you at the time, and more was then offered in their defence [ sic] , I have no right to insist upon anything further in request to them. In regard to the arrest and confinement of my brother I have already expressed myself satisfied, from your explanation...Now that this matter is satisfactorily ended, I take advantage of the opportunity, Colonel, to express to you my regret that an occasion should have arisen to interrupt temperance, the cordial good feeling and kindly friendship which had previously characterized our personal official intercourse..." Signed, "J. D. Imboden Col / Comdg." From the Military Archive of CSA General Henry B. Davidson.

    Condition: 1" closed tear along bottom margin has been repaired on verso. Light toning along margins. Minor edgewear and smoothed mail folds.

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