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    FITZHUGH LEE TELEGRAM TO J.E.B. STUART PLUS ENVELOPE IN STUART'S HAND. Two telegram forms imprinted by The Southern Telegraph Companies, 8" x 4.25", Guinea Station, Virginia, May 4, 1864, addressed to "Gen Stuart", received at Orange Court House, Virginia. Together, they read as follows: "enemy crossed at Germanna also this morning a portion of their cavalry after coming as far a Spottsylvania C.H. I shall stay at Massaponnax church tonight where I am in position to leave in any direction I am in communication with the telegraph operator at Guinea's Fitz Lee Maj Genl.". Written during U. S.Grant's Overland Campaign, this telegram reported Yankee movements the day before the Wilderness commenced.

    Envelope, 8.5" x 4", ca. 1862, penned by J. E. B. Stuart, it reads as follows: "Hd Qrs Cavalry Division. Official Brigadier General FitzHugh Lee (Late) Col 1st Va Cavalry." Soiling, rough edges, fair condition. This envelope was likely used by Fitz Lee in later years for storing the above telegram. That Lee was promoted to brigadier general in July, 1862 helps date this envelope to having been inscribed shortly thereafter.

    Condition: Good, with light toning, complete splits along one fold, and a smaller split on the first page.

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