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    General Thomas Jordan Autograph Letter Signed with General Beauregard Initialed Note. Ten pages of bifolia, 5.25" x 8.5", Room 38 No 52 Wallstreet [New York]; February, 1877. Addressed to General G. T. Beauregard from the Wall Street Hotel In this letter Jordan reminisces about Beauregard's early vision for the Western Campaign with annotations from Beauregard in blue. It reads in part: "... If Davis or any friend should deny that such a plan was ever submitted - very well, the reply can be made. The plan was so patent, in view of the military situation at the time; that it ought to have occurred to those charged with the public defense, without outsider suggestion! For nothing could be clearer than the utter disability of Hooker, after the battle of Chancellorsville, to make any offensive movement for 60 days at least against Richmond, and the safety with which the Veterans of Lees' army could (in material part) be thrown elsewhere, to cooperate in crushing ... against such exposed federal fragments as that of Rosecrans, or that also of Grant then opening the extraordinary campaign from Port Gibson through Mississippi to the north of Vicksburg. Not to have seen and taken advantage of the plain opportunity then opened, and to go off on such an operation as that which ended in the mortal wounding of the Confederacy at Gettysburg was the climax of Military blindness - What I say about the statements of the Northern Newspapers at the time, you can rely on & confidently assert in your paper...If men will but act together they can clothe these people in fast clinging garments of infamy." Signed, "Thomas Jordan." On the final page Beauregard has written in blue, "relative to my plan of Campaigns / for the West - / For May 1863." Initialed, "G.T.B." Accompanied by a print of an engraved portrait of Jordan measuring 7" x 11".

    Condition: Lightly toned from age with minor stains. Smoothed folds.


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