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    Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson War-Dated Autograph Letter Signed Appointing Charles J. Faulkner a Lieutenant Colonel, along with Archive of Faulkner-Related Material. Signed "T. J. Jackson". Two pages, 5" x 8", n.p., November 15, 1862. Written to Faulkner instructing him on how to proceed in procuring his appointment and urging him to be expedient in the matter as he is anxious to fill his staff positions. It reads, in full:

    "I send herewith a letter recommending your appointment as Lt. Col. in the adjt genl Dept. The letter is written to the adj & Insp Genl as a published order so requires. But you can hand it to the secretary of War or the President if you prefer. Should you prefer that another person should present the letter, I wish that you would hand it to Col. French A.D.C. to Gov. Letcher, on to the Governor, and request him from me to take charge of the matter. I am desirous of seeing you back at as early a period as practicable and if you will give your personal attention to procuring the appointment, time will be saved in my opinion. Please go down on Monday to Richmond and let me hear the result by telegraph. It is important that my staff be filled as soon as practicable. Remember me very kindly to Col. Boteler in Richmond. Very truly your friend."

    Charles James Faulkner was a Virginia lawyer, serving in several state positions in the 1830s and 1840s before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia in 1851, serving there until 1859. President James Buchanan appointed him Minister to France in 1860. He was recalled home after the start of the Civil War by Abraham Lincoln and arrested under suspicion of negotiating arms sales to the Confederacy while in Paris. He was released in a prisoner exchange for Congressman Alfred Ely of New York in late 1861. He joined Stonewall Jackson's staff in 1862 ranking as senior adjutant general and lieutenant colonel. General Jackson referred to him as being of great service to him in the making of his reports. After the war, he went first into private business, then back into state government, before serving again in the U.S. House as a congressman, this time from West Virginia.

    Also included in this archive are the following items:
    Charles J. Faulkner Autograph Letter Signed "Ch Jas Faulkner". One page of a bifolium, 7.75" x 9.75", Martinsburg [Virginia], August 21, 1853, to noted historian Benson J. Lossing. He apologizes for the delay in answering and sends Lossing the material he requested about his father, Major James Faulkner, who had served as a major of artillery in the War of 1812, and was in command of the fortifications and American forces that defeated the British at Craney Island, near Norfolk, Virginia.
    Charles J. Faulkner Photograph Signed "Chas J. Faulkner/ Va.". A 5.5" x 7.75" salt print of his official congressional portrait.
    Charles J. Faulkner Autograph Document Signed "Chas. J. Faulkner". A 7.75" x 3" bank check made out to his wife, Mary J. Faulkner, who has endorsed it on the verso.
    Confederate Broadside. A 5.5" x 15.75" Extra from The Daily Picayune, New Orleans, December 19, 1861, 1-2 PM. The headline reads: "Arrival of Faulkner at Norfolk" and the article describes his arrival under the flag of a truce steamer after his negotiated release from Fort Warren and imparts news that he brought from the North including his opinion that there "must be war between England and the United States" because of Lincoln's refusal to surrender Slidell and Mason (the Trent Affair).
    Framed Period Engraving. A 4.5" x 6.5" (sight size) engraving with two images, not dated. One of Martinsburg Station, the other of the residence of Hon. C. J. Faulkner. Framed to an overall 5.5" x 7.5"
    West Virginia Court of Appeals Documents (Three). Each printed, approximately 7.75" x 11.25", circa 1870s. In each case, Faulkner is acting as counsel for the appellants.

    Condition: Jackson letter is lightly toned, one edge is rough, light folds.

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