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    Lovely Carte-de-Visite and Robert E. Lee Signature from the Original Draft of his Famous Report of the Second Battle of Manassas Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) hailed from one of the most distinguished families in Virginia. Lee's father, Light-Horse Harry, was a famous Revolutionary War soldier, and his wife, Mary Custis, descended from Martha Washington. He graduated second in his class from West Point in 1829, and then worked in the engineering department. Fighting with distinction in the Mexican War, in 1859 he put down John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry. After Virginia left the Union, he cast his lot with his native state and led his Army of Northern Virginia to many victories, including Second Manassas, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. His ill advised attack on the center of the Union line at Gettysburg stopped his invasion of the North. He finally surrendered to Grant at Appomattox on April 9, 1865, and was paroled. Lee became president of Washington College [now Washington & Lee University], which is where he died and is buried. Signature, one page, 11 1/4" x 8". Matted carte-de-visite and Robert E. Lee signature from the original draft of his report of the second Battle of Manassas, cut from the report itself. In order to draw General John Pope's army into battle, Thomas Jackson ordered an attack on a Federal column that was passing across his front on the Warrenton Turnpike on August 28. The fighting at Brawner Farm lasted several hours and resulted in a stalemate. Pope became convinced that he had trapped Jackson and concentrated the bulk of his army against him. On August 29, Pope launched a series of assaults against Jackson's position along an unfinished railroad grade. The attacks were repulsed with heavy casualties on both sides. At noon, Longstreet arrived on the field from Thoroughfare Gap and took position on Jackson's right flank. On August 30, Pope renewed his attacks, seemingly unaware that Longstreet was on the field. When massed Confederate artillery devastated a Union assault by Fitz John Porter's command, Longstreet's wing of 28,000 men counterattacked in the largest, simultaneous mass assault of the war. The Union left flank was crushed and the army was driven back to Bull Run. Only an effective Union rearguard action prevented a replay of the first Manassas disaster. Pope's retreat to Centreville was precipitous, nonetheless. The next day, Lee ordered his army in pursuit. This was the decisive battle of the Northern Virginia Campaign. It was a Confederate victory with over 22,000 casualties. This is a fascinating piece of history. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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