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    Confederate General Randall Lee Gibson War-date Autograph Letter Signed, With Outstanding Content. (1832-1892) Confederate Brigadier General who led a brigade at Chickamauga and Chattanooga. He also fought under Hood at Atlanta and in Tennessee. Superb content war-date manuscript L. S. "R. L. Gibson Col. 13th La. Vols" with holograph subscription and corrections, 2pp [n.p., n.d. but certainly 1863], to Adj. And Insp. Gen. T. S. Cooper in Richmond, VA. Randall indignantly responds to an attack made on his performance at Shiloh by fellow general Braxton Bragg. In small part: "...An extract from Genl. Bragg's Report of the Battle of Shiloh was sent to me a few days ago...I find myself & commend censured in it more especially myself as being in command of the Brigade to which my Regiment had been assigned..several officers of important positions were killed [they are then named]... I regard the report of Genl. Bragg as unjust to myself & the commanding officers and as erroneous...[I desire] a court of inquiry be appointed...I had received instruction from [Bragg] to move more slowly & to keep a greater distance from the front line...all preparations had been made to charge a Battery from which we were sustaining frequent casualties...I was obey the order rigidly...The General speaks of the Brigade as having after a brief attack...given way in disorder and having been rallied by his staff officers...I was near the left center of the Brigade and together with Col. Allen & Major Avegno twice rallied their Regiments recoiling...from the severe fire of a Battery...sweeping our line whenever we advanced...[I] received intelligence from Col. Fagan that he likewise had been cut up & forced back...Col. Fagan & myself repeatedly led his very large regiment to the attack...driving the enemy back a considerable distance...concentration of fire, especially on our flanks, was so great that the command unaided by artillery could not carry the position...[Bragg gave] me orders to advance again [without artillery]...we charged repeatedly...repulsed on account of his severe artillery fire, advantageous position, superior numbers, and almost impenetrable thicket...[my] men have exhausted their ammunition...most of the mounted officers had their horses chief of staff & assistant Lt. Ben King was mortally wounded...we were making but a vain sacrifice of the lives of the troops...the Regiments were rallied by their own officers...[I] was without staff officers and without a horse...Genl Bragg hearing of Genl Johnston's death had gone to the extreme right...I again took charge of the whole command, moved forward and not halted until I came near the river where I met Genl investigation of our conduct throughout will show that we did our duty..." Much more fine content! Technically Very Good condition, with better appearance. Bragg's charges, as was often the case, were certainly without merit. Gibson valiantly assaulted the well-fortified "Hornet's Nest" four times, resulting in great slaughter on both sides, and he again distinguished himself on the second day of battle. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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