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    James Longstreet: Scarce War-date Autograph Letter Signed. 1-page ALS, Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 28, 1861, written on 7.5" x 9.5" blue lined paper to Major R. B. Reynolds, Paymaster. Shortly before joining the Confederate Army, Longstreet writes to defend his handling of Federal funds. In part: "..If in my letter of the 25th I asked to turn over all my funds to Capt. Gibbs (Mounted Rifles), I did not so intend it. My instruction was to suggest that some of it be left here for the convenience of officers and discharged soldiers. It certainly makes no difference to me, personally, who receives the funds... I have never entertained, for a moment, the idea of leaving the Department without turning over my funds to you. And it has been my intention, frequently expressed, here, to go to Santa Fe and ask you to examine accounts and see that they are properly rendered and all monies properly accounted for..." Albert Gibbs was the principal individual who tried to persuade Longstreet to remain in the Union service but, once his resignation had been officially accepted, he traveled to Richmond, reporting to the War Department on June 29, 1861, subsequently commanding Confederate forces at 2nd Bull Run, Antietam and Gettysburg. Attractively matted and framed to an overall size of 23" x 17.5" together with a modern portrait of Longstreet in his Confederate uniform. From the collection of Dr. Michael Krane.

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    September, 2016
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