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    William W. Mackall Autograph Letter Signed as Confederate Asst. Adjutant General, 1861. Although William Mackall and Ulysses S. Grant graduated from the same West Point class, their military careers would take them in different directions. With the outbreak of the Civil War, Mackall joined the Confederate Army, serving as Asst. Adjutant General to Albert Sidney Johnston and later attaining the rank of Brigadier General.

    William W. Mackall ALS signed "W.W. Mackall, A.A. Genl." Two pages, 7.75" x 9.75", from the headquarters of the Western Department of the Confederate Army located at Columbus,
    Kentucky, September 30, 1861. Addressed to "1st Lieut. Joseph Dixon, Arty. Staff Engineer." Mackall directs Dixon to set up a defensive line near Paducah, Kentucky. In part: "Your attention will be specially directed to the selection of a suitable place, in an advanced position, for an entrenched camp covering the Paducah and the Mobile Rain Roads, and forming also a part of the line from Columbus to Fort Henry on the Tennessee." Letter is boldly penned on heavy cream-colored leaves.

    In response to the Confederate occupation of Columbus of September 6, 1861, General Grant moved his army from Cairo, Illinois, and occupied Paducah. From Paducah's strategic location on the Ohio River, the Union army was eventually able to strike the Confederate forts on the inland waterways.

    Minor age toning and occasional soiled areas along edges; near fine.

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