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    Captain J. William Bushby's Personal Collection of Confederate Autographs, most Civil War-dated. The collection is composed of eight autographs and various news clippings of the war:

    John Bell Hood Signature "J. B. Hood." On the reverse is written, "Autograph of General Hood Confederate Army obtained by J Wm. B. at his camp, 31st Jany 1863." The signature is bold and clean.

    Two Robert H. Chilton Signatures ("R. H. Chilton") on one page, both with rank and dated January 31, 1863. Folds to page.

    Jefferson Davis Signature, "Very Respectfully Jeffn. Davis." On the reverse Bushby notes that the signature was obtained in Richmond on February 2, 1863. Clean and clear in a large hand.

    Confederate Secretary of the Treasury Christopher G. Memminger Cut Signature. In a large, clear hand.

    General John H. Winder Autograph Note Signed "Jn H. Winder Brig Genl." The note, dated July 12, 1863, from Richmond orders to "Pass bearer Col. [later General] A. C. Jones& daughter & servants to Charleston, S.C." Winder commanded Confederate POW camps, and, thus, had a notorious reputation. Ruled paper with smoothed folds.

    Pierre G. T. Beauregard Autograph Note Signed in the Text, "Genl. Beauregard." One page, 4.5" x 7". Dated after the Civil War - June 20, 1866 - the general, visiting England and replying to a dinner invitation by Bushby, writes that he "regrets to inform that . . . he will be unable to attend her [Mrs. Bushby's] evening party on the 26th." Bold ink.

    Varina Davis Autograph Note Signed in the Text, "Mrs. Jefferson Davis," March 21 [1869]. Mrs. Davis wrote this on her personal letterhead while visiting England to Mrs. Bushby, accepting an invitation. In a bold hand on clean paper, accompanied by the original transmittal envelope addressed in Mrs. Jefferson's hand.

    Condition: Overall condition is excellent, with all pieces very clean with bold ink.


    More Information: Very early in the Civil War, President Lincoln developed and implemented the Union blockade, which covered over 3,500 miles and threatened Southern ports along the Atlantic and Gulf coast. Blockade runners were usually commanded and manned by British naval officers, such as Captain Bushby, a Confederate sympathizer and commander of the steamer Calypso.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2015
    4th-5th Wednesday-Thursday
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