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    Confederate General Robert Hall Chilton Autograph Letter Signed. "R. H. Chilton." Two pages of one sheet folded in half, 5" x 7.75", Fredericksburg, Virginia; November 21, 1862. Chilton writes to an unknown correspondent about boots he needs as well as the military situation in Fredericksburg and his fear that the town will be destroyed as a result of fighting.

    The letter reads: "Don't let our removal to Fredericksburg prevent your forwarding by first opportunity those boots. McPhail Capt. of Ordnance is [illegible] sending down & can afford in the opportunity. I find as the cold weather sets in the greater need for them, & especially this last week amidst the heavy rains which have fallen. If not too much trouble answer me about what time I may hope for them. Let them be roomy in the legs to allow for thick pantaloons. Hope you don't intend to let the Yankees crop those [illegible]. It behooves us to exert every nerve at this juncture, like the dying throes of the Whale, their heaviest blows are about being struck & these wander off, our sailing will be smooth. God in his mercy grant that it may be so. I'm saddened about fate of Fredericksburg. The Yankee batteries...can soon burn it down while our shells can't...reach them, & if the town is surrendered our shells probably would burn it up driving out the Yankee. 36 hours will determine the question." Signed, "R. H. Chilton."

    Robert Hall Chilton (1815-1879) was born in Loudoun County, Virginia, to a prominent family. He was an officer in the U.S. Army and then a brigadier general in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War. He served as Chief of Staff for the Army of Northern Virginia under Robert E. Lee for much of the war. Following the war, Chilton moved to Columbus, Georgia, where he became president of a local manufacturing company. He is buried in Richmond, Virginia.

    Condition: Letter has usual folds; has residue of brown paper of last page on which it was at one time attached by glue; otherwise good.

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