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    CONFEDERATE BRIG. GEN. JOHN HUNT MORGAN: A SUPERB WAR-DATE LETTER WITH EXCELLENT MILITARY CONTENT. Autograph Letter Signed in pencil, two pages, Octavo, Cogers Landing, October 12, 1862, to Col. John Pegram, Chief of Staff. Signed "Respectfully, Jno. H. Morgan, Col. Comd. Brigd." It reads:

    "Your dispatch of 4:30 P.M. was read at 7:20P.m. at this place...I remained on the Danville and Harrodsburg Pike until I read positive information that the enemy were in Danville, that they were also at Cold Spring on the D & Hg. Pike moving towards Harrodsburg & were also approaching from the direction of Salt River in large force. This rendered it necessary for me to strike out through the country towards Shakertown which place I reached at 5:20 P.M. arriving at this landg. At 7. oc. As soon as possible after recvg. your dispatch I sent out scouts to Shakertown & also Col. Duke's Regt. with orders to hold the enemy in check in case they were advancing until I could go to his assistance with the remainder of my command.

    I Shall move with the remainder of my force to Shakertown immediately where I will remain...according to Gen. Bragg's orders.

    I am very much confused by the various conflicting orders which I have read, & have necessarily been kept so constantly moving that I have not been able to procure subsistence for my men for three days..."

    One of the more illustrious (or notorious, depending on one's allegiance) Confederate military figures, Morgan had organized three companies of cavalry that raided extensively in Tennessee, Ohio, and Indiana before his capture in 1863. He was killed in his sleep in 1864 in Tennessee. Morgan's signature is rare in any form, and such a fine-content war-dated letter presents a truly exceptional opportunity. The letter is in beautiful condition with very strong, clear handwriting; unlike many inks of the period, pencil does not fade or smudge. Beautifully custom matted and framed with a neat transcription and a reproduction of a portrait carte de visite. Truly a prize for the sophisticated collector of Confederate manuscripts or generals' autographs.

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