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    Confederate General John Bell Hood Autograph Letter Signed "J B Hood". Five pages, 8" x 10", mounted to a larger 9.75" x 13.75" piece of paper by tape along the left edge, short typed biography of Foote at the top of this larger paper, to Mr. H. W. Hough V. P., Life Association of America letterhead, New Orleans, Louisiana, September 9, 1870, ink. Hood took over the Louisiana and Texas Department of the Life Association of America from his former commander, James Longstreet in the year that this letter was written. Hood worked in insurance until 1878, when a yellow fever epidemic ravaged New Orleans, including Hood's own family. The letter presented here was written in much more prosperous times for the Confederate general, and reads, in part: "My dear Sir I send you today exchange for twenty five hundred dollars & hope to so continue until our account is made good with your office. The Exec Committee when I was in St. Louis gave me authority to make use of five thousand dollars up to Jan. 1st 1871 for the purpose of advancing to Agents = And also five thousand after Jan. 1st up to July or August...I have had no statement from you as to my account...As I may leave for Texas, you had best give me no statement until I return." The document is in about fine condition, with three small diagonal creases to the right edge, one fold at the bottom right edge of the first page, and tape along the left edge, affixing the document to the background page. A wonderful rare Hood ALS from his postwar years in New Orleans.

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    October, 2007
    25th-26th Thursday-Friday
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