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    [Civil War]. States Rights Gist Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 7.75" x 10", Charleston, November 4, 1861. States Rights Gist was a lawyer, a militia general in South Carolina, and a Confederate Army general during the Civil War. A relative of several prominent South Carolinians, Gist rose to fame toward the end of the War, but was killed during the Franklin-Nashville Campaign in November 1864.

    Addressed to Col. Edward Manigualt, Gist writes, in full: "I dispatched the Governor & requested him to send the answer to you. I do not think you should go in the morning. There will be no one then, but Gen Means, & he can return at any time." Docketing on the verso in an additional hands, possibly Col. Manigualt's, indicates that "there would be no meeting of Ordnance Board on Tuesday [November] 5." Letter is toned around the edges with the usual folds.

    When South Carolina seceded from the Union, Gist served as state adjutant and inspector general, acquiring weaponry and mobilizing manpower throughout the state. In early 1861, Gist was assigned to the Army of the Potomac as an aide to another South Carolina general, Brig. Gen. Barnard Bee, at the First Battle of Manassas (July 21, 1861). Gist was wounded in this action, but he subsequently resumed his duties as adjutant-general, organizing South Carolina troops for the war. Gist was shot in the chest while leading his brigade in a charge against Federal fortifications at the Battle of Franklin in November 1864.


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