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    Confederate Captain William W. Gordon Autograph Letter Signed "W. W. Gordon." Eight pages, 5" x 8", Manassas [Virginia], October 22, 1861. William W. Gordon II (1834-1912), the father of Girl Scouts of the USA founder, Juliette Gordon Low, was a lieutenant in Co. "F" of the Savannah militia unit, the Georgia Hussars, when he enlisted in the Confederate Army. The company, under the command of Capt. Joseph F. Waring, arrived in Richmond and reported for duty. Assigned to the 6th Virginia Cavalry, they left Richmond for Centreville, where they were to report to Col. Charles W. Field.

    Gordon wrote this letter home to his wife while making the march north to Centreville describing the countryside, "Such roads you never saw. Up one hill & then another. Here tremendous rocks & then stiff clay"; the sleeping conditions, "We all slept on the strands in a cattle shed and our horses in some dilapidated arbors, over ankle deep in clay, mud & filth - formerly occupied by the Cavalry of Cobb's Legion"; the first sounds of combat, "All afternoon we hear the cannon at Evansport & towards evening they fired a good many times very quickly." Having reached their destination, Gordon writes that "We are camped on the old ground of Hampton's Legion just out of sight of the tents of several Regiments around the Rail Road track. Gen. Johnson proved to be at Centreville 7 miles beyond us - so Capt. W. rode over to report to him. We join to day Col. Field's Regiment - the 6th - which is in the advance 2 miles beyond Centreville - reporting ourselves to Gen. Smith as we pass thro' Centreville . . . Gen. Stuart has command of all the cavalry hereabouts." The Hussars time with the 6th Virginia Cavalry was short-lived. By December 1861, the unit was transferred to the Jeff Davis Legion.

    Stained along the vertical fold of both bifoliums, each of which shows a small area of paper loss in the same place. Neither hole affects the text. Scattered spots of foxing.

    William Gordon returned home to Georgia at war's end and continued serving his state in the Georgia State Cavalry and in the Georgia House of Representatives. During the Spanish-American War, he served as a brigadier general in the U.S. Army and he represented the United States at the Puerto Rico Peace Commission.


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