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    Robert E. Lee Autograph Letter Signed "R E Lee". One page, 7.75" x 6", Richmond, June 28, 1865. A letter of commendation issued to Provost Marshal Cornelius Boyle at the close of the Civil War. In full:

    "Major Cornelius Boyle has served as Provost Marshal Genl. of the Army of N. Virg. From the time I took command of said army in May '62 to the time of its surrender in Apr. '65, during all that time performed the duties of his office faithfully & well. He filled the same office in said Army under Genl. J.E. Johnston. [Signed] R E Lee."

    Boyle was denied entry into the city of Washington, and was not able to regain possession of his confiscated land due to his espionage activities during the war. His family lost everything after the war, and this letter of commendation from Lee may have been for the purpose of reestablishing himself professionally. Ex. Boyle Family Papers.

    Condition: The letter has been professionally restored to repair separations occurring at the folds. Darkly toned, with uneven margins. Signature and all writing remains bold.




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    October, 2017
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