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    General Wise requests permission to furnish relief to the 32nd Regiment, Virginia Cavalry

    Confederate General Henry A. Wise War-Dated Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 7.75" x 9.5". Chaffin's Farm, [Virginia]; July 14, 1863. Wise writes to Major General Arnold Elzey in Richmond, Virginia, requesting allowance to order the 15th Virginia Cavalry, to provide relief to Major John R. Robertson's 32nd Regiment, Virginia Cavalry: "Owing to the extensive line to be picketed on the Chickahominy & the James, & the large amount of Courier & Vidette duty to be performed during the presence of the enemy, I find there are not sufficient men in Major Robertson's command to furnish a relief. I therefore respectfully ask that I may be allowed to order Capt. Capps' Co 15th Va Cavalry now attached temporarily to Col Shinglers' cavalry force, to report to Majr. Robertson for duty at or near Westover Church." Signed, "Henry A. Wise / Brig. Genl."
    Endorsements on the verso side of the letter indicates General Elzey approved Wise's request.
    Condition: With the usual flattened mail folds, and several small stains along the left hand side. Bit of discoloration at edges from toning, otherwise near fine.

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    Henry A. Wise (1806-1876) was a lawyer, politician, diplomat, and Confederate General in the Civil War.  Wise served his native Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives (1843-1844) and a governor (1856-1860). He also served as U.S. Minister to Brazil (1844-1847).  After the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, Wise was an ardent advocate for secession by Virginia.  After Virginia left the Union, Wise joined the Confederate army and was appointed a brigadier general in the Army of Northern Virginia. He participated in several battles, including those of Roanoke Island, the Peninsula Campaign, the siege of Petersburg, and the Appomattox Campaign.


    Arold Elzey (1816-1871) served is both the United States Army and the Confederate army.  He was a major general with the Confederate army from 1861 to 1865. At the time of Wise's letter, Elzey was commanding the Department of Richmond and charged with the defense of the Confederate capital. 

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