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    Confederate General John Gregg Signature, "March 20th 1861, John Gregg" (7" x .75", tipped-into a slightly larger strip of paper). This rare signature comes with a [Mary Frances] Gregg Autograph Letter Signed "Mrs Gregg" and dated August 11, 1872, from Aberdeen [Mississippi]. Detailing the Confederate general's service during the Civil War, the letter, written to Charles C. Jones Jr, reads, "I made diligent search among my husband's papers for his commission as Brigadier. I have not been able to find it. I suppose it was lost at the time of his death. He was elected Col of the 7th Texas infantry the 1st of November 1861 at Hopkinsville, Ky. The last of Sept 1862 he was made Brigadier and commander of the post at Jackson, Miss. until the 15 of Dec, when he was assigned to active duty. His Brigade was composed of the 7th Texas, 3, 10, & 41 Tennessee Regiments & 1 Tennessee Battalion. In Jan 1864 he was transferred to the army of Gen. Longstreet's corps and command Hood's old brigade composed of the 1st, 4th, and 5th Texas and 3rd Arkansas regiments." The letter has been also been tipped-into a slightly larger sheet. Both signature and letter are in fine condition.

    John Gregg moved to Texas in 1852 where he met and married Mary Frances Garth. He practiced law, founded a newspaper, and served as district judge before advocating Texas secession. After the war started, he recruited the 7th Texas Infantry regiment in which he served as colonel. After fighting in several major battles, serving a short time as a POW, and being wounded, he was killed at the Battle of New Market Road in Virginia in October 1864. An extraordinary woman, Mary Gregg bravely traveled from Texas to Virginia to retrieve her husband's body and, later, worked to establish Memorial Day. Gregg County, Texas, became the namesake of Brigadier General Gregg one year after this letter was written.


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    February, 2010
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