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    John C. Breckinridge, Later a Confederate General, Autograph Letter Signed, March 1853. John Cable Breckinridge served as a major general in the Confederate States Army and later as secretary of war in 1865. A Kentuckian by birth, Breckinridge was serving as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Kentucky at the time of this letter in March 1853. This 7.75" x 9.5" document in very good condition is a recommendation letter for a James Coleman of Memphis, Tennessee who was seeking a position as a "Naval Storekeeper." The letter is addressed "Washington City" and is directed to the attention of the Secretary of the Navy. The letter comes with a gray hardbound, gold lettered slipcase.

    Breckinridge would be elected vice president of the United States just three years later on the ticket with James Buchanan. An unsuccessful run for president in 1860 left him serving in the United States Senate until he was expelled in December 1861 for supporting the rebellion. He entered Confederate service as a brigadier general. After the war he lived in Europe for three years, returning to Kentucky to practice law until he died in 1875.

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