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    Simon Bolivar Buckner Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 4.75" x 7.5", Munfordville, Kentucky; September 7, 1907. A letter from Buckner to John H. Weller, former commander of the Orphan Brigade, concerning the acquisition and improvement of the birthplace of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America. Simon Buckner's idea bore fruit, as the Davis memorial home movement was inaugurated at the Orphan Brigade's reunion in Glasgow, Kentucky, the week following Buckner's letter.
    Together with a signature by Confederate General Basil Duke. 3.5" x 3.75", n.p., n.d. "Very Sincerely Yours Basil W. Duke."

    The Buckner letter has horizontal folds and is attached to a larger sheet with cello tape. It also has a small cut-out image of Buckner glued to upper left-hand corner. The Basil Duke signature has a horizontal fold and is attached to a larger sheet with cello tape.

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    Dear John;

    I wish to bring before the Brigade at Glasgow, the question of recommending to the National Society the acquiring and improvement of the birth place of President Davis in Todd County, Ky. If it meets your approbation, please discuss the question amongst the members. An option has been already secured upon the most desirable part of the grounds.

    Yours truly,

    S. B. Buckner


    Simon Bolivar Buckner (1823-1914) was an American soldier and politician who fought for the U.S. Army in the Mexican-American War and as a general for the Confederate army in the Civil War. After the Civil War, Buckner served as the 30th governor of his native state of Kentucky.

    John H. Weller, was Captain of Company D, 4th Kentucky Infantry, which became known as the Orphan Brigade. The brigade was formed in October 1861 from a group of Kentucky units that mustered into Confederate service in northern Tennessee and southern Kentucky in the summer and fall of 1861. Due to Kentucky's neutrality policy in the summer of 1861, men wishing to join the Confederacy traveled to Camps Boone and Burnette, near Clarksville, Tennessee. Here, the nucleus of the Orphan Brigade was formed. The name "Orphan Brigade" was apparently a post-war invention by the veterans. During the war, the Orphan Brigade was generally known as the Kentucky Brigade, or the First Kentucky Brigade.

    Basil Wilson Duke (1838-1916), a native of Kentucky, was a Confederate general during the Civil War. He served as second-in-command to his brother-in-law, John Hunt Morgan.

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