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    Alexander S. "Sandie" Pendleton Autograph Letter Signed "A.S. Pendleton." Eight pages, 5" x 8", Gordonsville [Virginia], June 22, 1862. Writing home to his mother, newly commissioned Confederate Captain Sandie Pendleton ("I got yesterday a commission as Captain & Asst. Adjt. Gen."), the son of Confederate General William N. Pendleton and an aide-de-camp to General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, recently returned from campaigning in the Shenandoah Valley, relates his thoughts about the army's immediate future, in part:

    "I hope you are not disturbed at being left with only the cavalry between you and the Yankees - though in truth there is no cause for solicitude, as there were on Friday none of the enemy nearer Staunton than Strasburg. This trip will soon be over, & then what is left of our army after the big fight, or the gardening, which we are to do near Richmond, is off again for the Valley. My idea about the movement is that it is intended for us to follow the route taken by Stuart in his late reconnaissance, going by Hanover Junction, Old Church & around between the Chickahominy & Pamunkey & attack McClellan on his right, while Gen. Lee advances across the Chick. in his front, and that both together try to demolish him before the troops from the valley get to McClellan as they are evidently trying to do, & in which effort our leaders have signally [sic] frustrated them. If God grant us success over this army of McClellan, as we have every reason to hope, then I have no doubt of the termination of the war in a few months . . . Our advance is below Frederickshall [Frederick Hall, Virginia] today - that is Gen. [William H.C.] Whiting's division. Gen. Ewell's div.n is at Louisa C.H, & Gen. Jackson's old div.n here. Everything will be about Frederickshall tomorrow."

    Three days later, Pendleton and the Army of Northern Virginia engaged McClellan and his Army of the Potomac in the first of a series of six battles - the Seven Days Battles. In the end, the rebels pushed the Federals away from the Confederate capital and back up the Virginia Peninsula.

    Following Jackson's death at the Battle of Chancellorsville in May 1863, Pendleton served on the staffs of Gens. Richard S. Ewell, during the Gettysburg Campaign, and Jubal A. Early, who made him chief of staff with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Pendleton was wounded in the abdomen on September 22, 1864, during the Battle of Fisher's Hill. He died the following day.


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