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    Confederate General George E. Pickett Autograph Letter Signed "George ", one page, 5.5" x 8.5", front and verso, Hanover Junction, [n.d.], in pencil. In full, "I leave here in a few moments - Division has gone, will overtake it in a couple of hours - will reach (Carlisle) about three days - I trust that my darling sweet Sallie that you are not suffering this morning but 'tis hope in vain for I know you are - Col D. promised to take my ugly likeness to you today - I had already previously asked my sister to attend to it - but thought the Col could attend sooner - write by Jackerie and then send another letter to (Carlisle) Don't get sick precious - try and keep your heart unclouded - I will if 'tis possible be with you again before long never to part I hope - In haste my own darling from your own George Hanover Junction - Monday Morning ".

    General George E. Pickett and his division arrived at Hanover Junction, Virginia in late May 1863, in preparation for an advance into Pennsylvania during the Gettysburg Campaign, General Lee's second invasion of the North. On June 24th General Pickett's division crossed the Potomac River at Williamsport and made camp on the Maryland shore. This letter could place him in Hanover Junction, VA during that campaign, hastily composing a note to be delivered to his sweetheart LaSalle Corbell, whom he called "Sallie". This would be prior to the Battle of Gettysburg and before his marriage to Sallie in September 1863, as indicated by the omission of "Husband" before his signature, which appears in his letters after the Battle of Gettysburg. His growing passion for Sallie was becoming an obsession, distracting his attention from his military obligations. The emphasis given to "... never to part..." hints at his plans for marriage on his eventual return to Petersburg. His mention of "Jackerie" refers most likely to the division's mail-carrier. Written hurriedly in pencil, the handwriting is still legible and clear. Light grey paper with blue lines, folds are weak and slightly worn, toning on left edge at fold and on verso, rough right edge, very good condition.


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    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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