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    Confederate General Roswell S. Ripley Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 5.5" x 8.25", "Head Quarters Fort Moultrie [Charleston, South Carolina]," March 23, 1861. Shortly after Major Robert Anderson retired his command to Fort Sumter from Fort Moultrie, Confederate Colonel Roswell Ripley and his men moved in to occupy the now emptied Fort Moultrie. From that place, just less than three weeks before the guns around Charleston opened up on Fort Sumter inaugurating civil war, Ripley wrote this letter to Confederate Ordnance Officer Col. Edward Manigault requesting "that you will send to Capt. Haleunquist's Battery, One hundred yards of quick match, and 10 pounds measured powder in addition to the amount heretofore required. Much of these articles heretofore supplied have been expended in filling Fire primers at Fort Moultrie." Docketed on the verso. Smoothed folds; spots of ink smudging and text ghosting from wet ink.

    Roswell S. Ripley (1823-1887), an officer in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War, joined the Army of South Carolina as a lieutenant colonel and participated in the bombardment of Fort Sumter. He was made a brigadier general in the Confederate Army in August 1861 and placed in command of the Department of South Carolina and, later, the Second Military District of South, South Carolina. Given a field command, he participated in the Battles of South Mountain and Antietam, where he was wounded in the neck. He returned to departmental command in charge of defenses at Charleston.

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