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    Judah P. Benjamin, Confederate Secretary of War: An Important ALS on Confederate War Department Letterhead. Judah P. Benjamin items are always popular with Civil War, Manuscripts and Judaica collectors. His signature alone is scarce, his letters more so. Rarely does one encounter a letter in this form, with nice content and the original envelope of transmittal.

    On February 17, 1862, he writes in full to one G. W. Humphries in Port Gibson, Mississippi:

    "Your dispatch to the President [Jefferson Davis] has been referred to me. In reply I inform you that I have already accepted as many companies of Light Artillery as can advantageously be deployed."

    Perhaps a couple more years into the War Benjamin may have had cause to regret turning this offer down. The letter (7.75" x 9.75") and envelope are in excellent condition, and are accompanied by an Anthony/Brady carte de visite of Benjamin trimmed at the bottom.

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    September, 2016
    17th Saturday
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