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    Confederate General George E. Pickett Autograph Letter Signed "George ", one page, 5" x 4.75", front and verso, [n.p., n.d.], in ink, to his wife, Sallie. In part, ". . . apparently quiet over this . . . nine this morning my darling . . . came back from Richmond this . . . was in the battle yesterday evinced by his muddy pants - Bob and little (Larry) are both quite sick though better than last night Poor little thing, blistered, just think of it. Bye Bye darling - let me know when you come by - If you feel too weak, send for the ambulance to put the mattress in - I send you. . . . Harrie Hough is from Richmond this (evening). . . . Your letter my little . . . to . . . Your own 'forever' George - ".

    General George Edward Pickett served in General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, so named for the area in which it operated during the Civil War. During the Richmond-Petersburg Campaign from June 15, 1864 to March 25, 1865, a series of battles were fought around the city of Petersburg, Virginia, as Union forces under General Ulysses S. Grant assaulted and partially surrounded the besieged city. Occupying the country southwest of Petersburg, General Lee's army fought to defend Petersburg and his last line of supply. During the winter months, both armies looked forward to the spring of 1865 when the end of the rains would allow passage along the roads. It is possible that this letter from General Pickett to his wife was written during this time, given the reference to a battle in the vicinity of Richmond in wet and muddy conditions, and specifically with the reference to Sallie venturing forth to visit her husband, which she was accustomed to doing, since she lived so near in Petersburg. In the final days of the war she moved to Richmond, finding it virtually deserted. The letter is very brief and hurriedly composed, yet detailed and quite informative. Written in ink, the script is slightly faded and clearly legible, the top left corner section has been torn away, tape repairs of separations along folds, indentation and toning in center from metal clip, page edges are rough, slight wrinkling, good condition.

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