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    Events Leading to Gettysburg

    John S. Mosby: Autograph Letter Signed Referencing Lee, Stuart & Longstreet. Lengthy hand-written letter signed "John Mosby", written on two separate 8" x 10" sheets, San Francisco, April 25th [n.y.], to Mr. Russell, handsomely matted and framed together with a copy image photo of the "Gray Ghost" in his Confederate uniform. Mosby's letter was in response to an article that appeared in the "Richmond Times" written by N. N. S. Markham, talking about "the spy & alleged order written by Genl. Lee at Chambersburg... written by Chas. Marshall & which I have no idea Genl. Lee ever read... I relied on Genl. Lee's own letter written 7 A.M. June 18th... to Ewell... Now according to all the rules of evidence & common sense the letter written at Chambersburg... must prevail over a report written long afterward... even if the report is written by Genl. Lee himself and not simply signed pro forma by him. The writer concedes that I have refuted the charge about disobedience to orders... Now after quoting in... full Genl. Lees letter to Ewell... to explode the spy story & also to show that Genl. Lee so far from having ordered an advance on Harrisburg as soon as he got to Chambersburg ordered Ewell & Early to return there... After proving what I wanted to prove there was no reason for my going out of my way to show the discrepancy between his orders & his report... All I wanted was to vindicate Stuart from the charge that Genl. Lee had to rely on Longstreet's spy to bring him information which the cavalry ought to have brought. The fact is Marshall wrote the report for the double purpose of reflecting on Stuart & shielding Hill & Heth.." The subject matter of Mosby's letter deals with the lead-up to the Battle of Gettysburg. According to some post-war analysis, Lee's main objective was Baltimore and, ultimately, Washington, D.C. itself. Mosby served under Lee and Stuart in the Army of Northern Virginia, but his rangers were not subject to the same rules or procedures. While separated from Lee's army, Stuart used a crossing at Rowser's Ford, utilized by Mosby for his daring raid at Seneca, Maryland, arriving at Gettysburg on the second day of the battle, thereby depriving Lee of his cavalry. Light, normal folds. From the collection of Dr. Michael Krane.

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