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    Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith Letter to Major General J. George Walker Clarifying a Misunderstanding About Concerns of Fighting in Virginia.
    2p., Shreveport, May 20, 1864, 7.5" x 9.25", very good. Smith writes to correct a misunderstanding over a statement he allegedly made about Walker's service during the Vicksburg Campaign. It had actually been Richard Taylor who criticized Walker, and Smith was keen to smooth over any ruffled feathers. He also takes the opportunity in writing Walker to express his concerns about first reports coming from the battlefield at Spotsylvania. The letter reads in full:

    "My dear General, On my return to Shreveport, I examined the books to find if anything in my correspondence with the War Dept. could be construed into a reflection upon your course whilst operating on the River opposite Vicksburg. The enclosed is a copy of my only letter on the subject. This you see could not have induced the remark, which in fact I believe was never made but that there is some misunderstanding on the subject. I will take advantage of the first opportunity for correcting any impression that may have been made upon the president's mind to your prejudice. My anxiety is intense, as each paper brings intelligence of the protracted and desperate fighting in Richmond. I do not doubt the result but so much hands upon the fate of that army that all other interests are absorbed in expectation of the result. Eight days they fought on the 11th and 12th at Spotsylvania C.H. The Battle was general. Sedgwick was killed. On the 13th Lee was four miles behind Spotsylvania C.H. falling back for provision. This is from the Federal papers. They claim victory. Present my regards to Mrs. W - and remember me to Friends & the members of your staff. Your friend E. Kirby Smith."

    A wonderful correspondence between two Confederate generals, following the Battle of Spotsylvania. Although the battle result was ultimately deemed inconclusive, the Union did gain an advantage in continuing their Overland Campaign while striking a heavy blow to the already depleted Confederate forces. The letter has a small area of paper loss at the top margin, but is very good overall. With usual toning, flattened folds, and soiling.


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