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    James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart [1833-1864]: Twice-Signed War-Date Autograph Letter Signed [ALS].
    4.5" x 7" bilfolium letter, Headquarters, Rear Forces A. of P. [Army of the Potomac, later renamed the Army of Northern Virginia] Hospital, Warrenton, Virginia, March 12, 1862, boldly signed "J. E. B. Stuart/ Brig Genl/ Comdg." and "JEB" in the postscript. No recipient named, but possibly General Joseph E. Johnstone. The letter conveys intelligence information gleaned from spy reports. In full: "A Mr Baker who was at Manassas last night gives me some interesting items from that vicinity. The enemy took possession of Manassas about 10 or 11 a.m. yesterday, were pitching their tents there last evening, about 300 wagons came with them. They had a picket at Bristol & Catletts. The foregoing items he got from a negro woman about dusk yesterday. But he says he saw and conversed with an officer who was posting his pickets. They had several Louisiana Tigers prisoners whom they interrupted continuing the burning. Mr Baker says he saw tents around the Lewis houses about sundown. He heard their pickets were at Groveton. I sent a scout down the road to-day to see if there was any force in motion this way. Mr Baker says he lives near Salem & went into the Yankee lines thinking they were ours till he saw the negro woman I referred to. Many tents were visible about Centerville. P.S. Mr Coleman whom I know tells me that he saw Yankees at Groveton yesterday." The actions described in the spy reports were preparations for McClellan's Peninsula Campaign. The letter has some staining along the right side of the front page and on the blank rear page. The interior pages which contain the two signatures are quite clean.


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