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    Thomas Jordan Autograph Letter Signed, with fair copy of another letter. The ALS is eleven pages, 5.25" x 8", "Room 38 No. 52 Wall St. New York," July 29, 1876. Former Confederate General Thomas Jordan writes to his former commander, General Pierre G. T. Beauregard, in what is generally considered the final year of Reconstruction. Jordan broaches many topics about Reconstruction, such as "Negro rule" in the South, Southern emphasis on local government, and the growth of Northern business. He also discusses the Civil War.

    Near the beginning of the letter, Jordan recollects undisciplined conduct from General Leonidas Polk and his men: "I recollect distinctly seeing the grave severe manner of your features as you spoke to Genl. Polk about his delay and the conduct of his corps in wasting their provisions . . . as also that [Braxton] Bragg assured Johnston and yourself that his own . . . [illegible] provident & careful that he could spare all that Polks men would need. The which promise, I recollect, he was not able to carry out."

    Jordan asks Beauregard if he has read a controversial report recently written by Braxton Bragg about the Battle of Shiloh. Jordan sums up the paper writing, "It is a wicked false hearted paper fraudulently issued." He then proposes to right this wrong by writing a paper "relating as briefly as possible the facts."

    Of Samuel J. Tilden's chances of winning the presidential election of 1876, Jordan opines that they are "favorable." Regardless of who wins the election, though, Jordan dreaded "the deep seated virus of ill-feeling which exists all through the North toward the Southern people. . . . The majority here educated men do not dislike but rather like to see us under Negro rule. . . . Never mind-Let the Southern people now and hereafter look specially to the election of their local governments." This letter is on toned paper. Some light stains and tape repairs.

    Thomas Jordan Fair Copy of a Letter to P. G. T. Beauregard. Sixteen pages, 8" x 12", New York, November 2, 1874. In this letter, Jordan resumes a "series of my recollections of important facts connected with your service in West Tennessee, in the spring of 1862, which you have asked me to communicate," particularly about the Battle of Shiloh and its background. Jordan goes into great detail of the battle, including the promotion of Braxton Bragg over Beauregard. Toned on lined paper. Some soiling.

    Thomas Jordan (1819-1895) served as Beauregard's chief of staff, as well as the Confederate army's adjutant general. He was promoted brigadier general after his meritorious service at the Battle of Shiloh. Jordan looked to Beauregard as his mentor during and after the Civil War.

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