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    [Stand Watie] Five Civil War Dated Letters to Stand Watie with Both Personal and Military Content. Includes:

    Elias Cornelius Boudinot, two Autograph Letters Signed to Watie, total of 3 pages, 7.75" x 10", both written from Paris, Texas on October 16, 1864. The first, a single page letter signed "Boudinot" and marked "Private" at top regarding Watie's request for a favor of Major Thomas Lanigan for a family member and obtaining a house for Watie's family. Also advising that he has "obtained for Col Brooks authority to raise a brigade in N.W. Arks; he is placed by special order of Genl [Edmund Kirby] Smith in command of all forces raised..." The second letter, signed "Cornelius" is sent in an official capacity and notifies Watie that he is on his way to Richmond and will have appropriated $50,000 for medicines and cotton cords. Also, that the Arkansas legislature has appropriated "one million dollars in confederate money dollars for the purchase of medicines and cotton cords for the refugee destitute of that state..." He continues, "The whole country is loud in praise for Genl. Watie... they say that 'Stand Watie had 4000 men' and that their loss was over 300 men besides loosing [sic] 300 weapons &c..." Both letters in very good condition save a small stain on the second page of the second letter. Boudinot was the son of Watie's brother Elias Boudinot and served as Watie's second in command. He also served in the Confederate congress and would go into business with Watie after the war.

    Jackqueline "Jack" Watie, two Autograph Letters Signed, total of 3 pages. The first is a letter (dated Nov. 4, 1863) dictated by Jack's mother and addresses Watie as "My dear" and relays news of the hardships suffered by the family as they try to safely relocate in Texas.Jack writes her mother's words, "I begin to think that there will never be any peace for me...I don't know what great sin that am guilty... yours till death S.L. Watie." Jacks adds a postscript signed "Jack" beneath her mother's name, and her sister Ninnie adds a second postscript signed "N Watie" on the margin of the first page. Letter has a few tears and a small chips of paper loss at the folds. Heavy wear, and dampstaining. The second letter, dated June 11, 1863, sending news of home. A few ink stains and spots of foxing.

    The final letter is an ALS signed "Chas [surname illegible]", two pages, Smith's Point, Chambers Co. June 10, 1864. The letter advises Watie that he would prefer not to serve, but if called to service he will ask to be assigned to Watie's company: "Should the authorities call for me I shall demand transfer to the 'Indian Brigade'." Heavy wear and soiling, with a few chips of paper loss at the folds; however, the letter remains legible.

    Stand Watie was the only Confederate General to remain undefeated and would not surrender to Union forces until June 23, 1865, more than two months after Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox.


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