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    Confederate General Bryan Grimes Autograph Letter Signed with Two Related Documents. The letter consists of three bifolium pages, 6.5" x 7.75", "Camp Near Fredericksburg," April 15, 1863, to the widow of Major Absalom K. Simonton regarding false rumors circulating about the recent battle death of her husband. Major Simonton mustered into Co. "A" of the 4th North Carolina Infantry in May 1861 and was killed in action at the Battle of Seven Pines on May 31, 1862. He must have impressed his superiors because, during his short time in the service, he received a promotion to major and was transferred to Field & Staff (May 1862). General Grimes signs the letter, "Bryan Grimes / Col. 4th N.C. State Troops." The letter bears folds and minor soiling. Grimes writes in part:

    "A rumor has been whisperingly circulated in your vicinity, well calculated to do serious and lasting injury, to the fair fame and good name of my recent compatriot in arms, your highly esteemed husband. . . . I hasten to assure you of their baseness and falsehood. . . . In my estimation (and I was within six feet of him when the fatal shot did its cruel work) that no better or braver soldier fell on the bloody battle of 'Seven Pines', and in his death this Regiment sustained a great and irreparable loss."

    Also included is a partly-printed rail road pass from the Western North Carolina Rail Road issued to Simonton for the year 1862. Additionally, a hand-written document signed by a Confederate surgeon certifying that Simonton is "much enfeebled by diarrhea that I think it imprudent for him to return to picket duty tonight May 19th 1862." Both of these items bear some soiling and spotting. General Grimes participated in almost all major Civil War battles of the Eastern Theater, including the First Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. On April 9, 1865, he led the last attack of the Army of Northern Virginia on Union troops at Appomattox Court House.

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