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    Confederate Edward P. Alexander Autograph Letter Signed Recounting Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg with a Drawn Map Showing the Federal Line of Defense. ALS "E P Alexander", 4 pages, 5" x 8", Greytown, Nicaragua, March 20, 1899, to noted military historian John C. Ropes. He writes, in part: "I am spending a great part of my time here in writing out for my children, my own personal story of the war, as I saw it & felt it, & so my mind is all very full of it. And I am criticising both sides very freely from my point of view. I have just finished writing Gettysburg a few days ago & I w[oul]d give a great deal to be able to talk it over with you some of these times I shall hope to have the chance. Perhaps to get you to come down to my rice plantation... But our point about Gettysburg I will suggest to you, even so briefly as must be here. I never knew it till I visited the field three years ago & first saw the whole federal line & I wonder it has never been written about. Picketts charge was made at wrong place, very worst place almost, exposed to miles of line & its formations enfiladed under fire from Round Top & 3/4 miles to go from south edge of town was infinitely better place. Ground is there today to show compa[ra]tive advantages. Less fire. Less distance. No enfilade." He adds a small map indicating placements to illustrate his point. Usual folds and a few light ink stains, otherwise very good with an excellent signature.

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