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    Robert E. Lee Civil War-dated Autograph Endorsement Signed on verso of an ALS by Robert F. Astrop, one page, 7.5" x 12", Brunswick County, Virginia, June 1, 1861. Astrop, a 48-year-old merchant, had written to the Adjutant General in Richmond proposing to organize a guerilla force. In full: "I propose to organize one or two thousand of the Home guards, in Brunswick and adjacent counties as a guerilla force, for the protection of our vicinity in case of need, or to annoy the enemy that may be passing through Virginia. We will arm and equip ourselves in our own way, at our own expense, and have no pay or reward for our services. I must have no superiors but those above the rank of Major general, such as our gov. President Davis etc. None will join my division but by consent. / Protection for our homes is our main object and to annoy an invading army in the manner of Rangers. Without my consent we will not be compelled to act beyond the bounds of such of our neighboring counties as you may think proper to place under my authority. I served in the Mex. War in Capt. Talbott's Comp. as a Lieut. Was Lieut. Col. Va 96th Regt.. M. a Member Association for the Advancement of Science etc. etc. and beg leave to refer you to Gen. James L. Kemper & Gen. I. P. August (and I think Gen. Wool will remember my name & signature!) "

    Lee has written and signed on verso: "Hdqrs Va. Forces Richmond June 8th. Respectfully referred to Adj't Gen'l W.K. Richardson, as the matter does not come under my supervision. R. E. Lee Gen'l Comd'g". The letter was then directed to the attention of the Governor.

    In very good to near fine condition, save a small hole at the center of the letter caused by the opening of the wax seal. Paper loss is well away from Lee's holograph, and affects only two words of text.


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