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    John Edwards Autograph Letter Signed to Fellow Confederate in Exile Thomas C. Reynolds. Two pages (front and back), 8.25" x 10.5", City of Mexico; May 17, 1866. Edwards writes to Thomas C. Reynolds offering his opinion regarding Sterling Price's failed raid into Missouri in 1864. In part: "From the entrance of Gen. Sterling Price's army into Missouri till its return to Texas, in that year, we were constantly with the division of Gen. Jo. O. Shelby, on whose staff you also served, as a volunteer aid, throughout that campaign. All the facts stated in that published letter, in regard to the operations of that Division, we know to be correctly given: the other statements of that letter, in regard to that campaign, its events and management, the circumstances attending it, the sufferings and neglect of the soldiers in the retreat to Texas, as well as in regard to the opinions and feelings of the officers and men at the time, to be entirely true and impartial. When your letter appeared, it was the subject of much attention in our Division and elsewhere; and while there was great variety of opinion in regard to the expediency of the controversy, and compassion for Gen. Price personally, we must say that the letter itself was universally admitted to be true, both in substance and in detail; indeed we never heard any one pretend to deny this. You may make such use of this letter as you deem necessary. Knowing ourselves to be perfectly impartial in the controversy between you and Gen. Price, we make this statement of facts merely as one due to you..."

    At the end of the war, many Confederates (including Edwards, Reynolds, E. Kirby Smith, and Sterling Price) fled to Mexico with the hopes of joining forces with Emperor Maximilian. While in Mexico, Reynolds began work on a book which would tell his side of his feud with Price, who he faulted for the Confederate's failure to take Missouri. Reynolds had previously published a letter on the topic in December 1864 in a Marshall, Texas newspaper. Both Edwards and Reynolds would eventually return to the United States.

    Condition: Lightly toned, usual mail folds. Some tears and separations at folds and corners. Two pencil notations on front. Overall, very fine.

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