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    Confederate General George E. Pickett Autograph Letter Signed "George ", one page, 4.5" x 6", front and verso, [n.p., n.d.], in ink, to his wife, Sallie. In full, "Please my darling wife (let) Bob have the birds, so that he can make George pick and dress them properly. The Dr will be up with me about 2 P.M. today - I am very busy my precious, or I would come sooner - my heart, my bleeding heart is with you - keep up your spirits my dearest. The Dr says he has no apprehensions and I gave him the worst features of your case. Tis a local disorder, and he says you have no cause for being low spirited, that I ought to be (what I am) a happy man - Bye Bye for a little while - your own true husband George - (Shall) I send you some coffee? G ". American Civil War General George Edward Pickett often found time during his campaigns to compose lengthy letters to his adoring wife, LaSalle Corbell Pickett, whom he called "Sallie". Always passionate about his new bride since their marriage two months after the Battle of Gettysburg, General Pickett expressed his love and devotion for her with a sense of romantic Southern charm, in keeping with his flamboyant character as a member of the Virginia elite. With his family living in Richmond and Sallie in Petersburg, General Pickett's war campaigns kept him close enough to attend to their needs. "Bob " is most likely a reference to his personal body-servant who took various gifts and supplies to them. Pickett's references to himself as "a happy man " and "your own true husband ..." indicate that this letter was written after their marriage in September, 1863, and possibly before the Richmond-Petersburg Campaign began in 1864. His letters to Sallie range in length from brief, penciled notes hurriedly scribbled and delivered, to thoughtful compositions written in ink. This brief letter is well composed and legible, the ink is slightly faded, written on thin light-colored paper, lightly lined. Being part of a larger sheet, the top portion has been removed, leaving a rough edge, top right corner torn and missing, left lower corner folded and nicked, slightly worn horizontal and vertical folds, very good condition.

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