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    Robert E. Lee Signed Letter Dated October 17, 1860. Robert E. Lee, later the heralded leader of the Confederate States Army was still in the U.S. Army serving at Fort Duncan, Texas on October 17, 1860. Acting as the officer in charge of a court martial on that date, Lee signed this "Special Order Number 88" which details the name of the man to be tried, William Tully and all the officers and men that made up the tribunal.

    Signed almost one year to the day after Lee put down the John Brown rebellion at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, in just a few months with outbreak of the Civil War imminent, Lee would leave Texas for Washington, DC where he was offered command of the entire Union army. With the fall of Fort Sumter on April 14, 1861, Lee turned down the offer on April 18th and resigned his commission on April 20th, preferring to take command of the Confederate Army's Virginia forces just days later. He went on to command the entire Confederate States forces and was the hero of the Confederacy.

    This letter is a reminder that Lee had an illustrious career in the U.S. Army before the Confederacy. One of his last acts while in that role, this interesting order measuring 7.75" x 9.75" is one page front and back and is in fine condition. Signed "R E Lee" with "Bvt. Col. Comdg Dept." on verso, it comes with its own hardbound gray slipcover with gold engraved lettering.

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