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    General David Hunter. Two Civil War-date Autograph Letters Signed. Comprises: (1) ALS: "D. Hunter/Major General", one page, 4.75" x 7.5". Washington, September 19, 1862. "Yours of the 28th ult. has been received." Tipped at left to larger page. (2) ALS: "D. Hunter/Major Gen", two pages, 4.75" x 7.5", separate conjoined pages. Washington, December 22, 1864. "You ask for my autograph and a sentiment. I have come to the conclusion that soldiers should not have sentiments - mine have been a great injury to me. I enclose you the autograph but you must excuse the sentiment." Tipped at left to larger page upon which has been affixed the trimmed address panel. Two blank corners of the letter have been diagonally cut off.

    On May 9, 1862, as Commander of the Department of the South, General Hunter's sentiment caused him to free all slaves in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. On May 19th, President Lincoln annulled Hunter's order, stating that he had exceeded his official authority and that such decisions were to be made only by the President. Hunter later organized the first regiment of black troops and was declared a felon by the Confederacy. After Lincoln's death, Hunter accompanied the President's body on its train journey to Springfield, Illinois, and later presided over the military commission that tried the conspirators for the assassination. With an engraved portrait of Hunter. Three items.

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