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    Holograph Letter Signed and Initialed by Josiah Gorgas as Confederate Chief of Ordinance, 1864. As chief of ordnance, Josiah Gorgas worked hard to keep Confederate armies supplied with weapons and ammunition, despite the Union blockade and having to create an armaments industry nearly from scratch.

    Penned in an unknown hand, signed "J. Gorgas" and initialed at end. One page, 7.75" x 9.75", "Ordnance Bureau, Richmond, VA, 6th February 1864." Addressed to Milledge Luke Bonham, Governor of South Carolina, this letter requests the return of some machinery being used at the S. Carolina armory. In part: "There are at present in the So. Ca. Armory at Greenville S.C. certain machines belonging to the Confederate States Gov't... A part of this machinery is now needed at the Confederate Armory lately established at Columbia, S.C." Boldly penned on lined paper with numerous dockets on verso, and with a second smaller attached sheet which provides a report on the machines by Ralph Smith, Superintendent of the Greenville works.

    Thanks to Gorgas' efforts, the Southern armies never lacked weapons, though they were short on almost everything else. On November 10, 1864, Gorgas was promoted to Brigadier General. Following the war, he entered academia, eventually becoming president of the University of Alabama.

    Condition: Light overall age toning; fine.

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