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    Postwar Retained Papers of Confederate General Alexander Robert Lawton. An interesting group of invitations, correspondence, and printed ephemera from the estate of Alexander Robert Lawton. Lawton, 1818-96, a Georgia political leader, graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and Harvard Law School. A supporter of Georgia's secession, he commanded troops that seized Fort Pulaski - the Civil War's first act of war in Georgia. Commissioned a brigadier general in the Confederate army, he was assigned to Virginia. Lawton took part in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign, the Seven days' Campaign and the Second Battle of Bull Run. Seriously wounded at Antietam, in 1863, he became quartermaster general of the Confederacy. Following the War, he became a political power-broker in Georgia. He served as a President of the American Bar Association and was appointed minister to Austria, 1887-89. This holding dates to those years in overseas duty and mostly consist of printed invitations to ceremonies and events addressed to Lawton and his wife. There is also present a Letter Signed "A.R. Lawton", January 23, 1885, some feathering, to His Highness Prince Cohenloe, declining his daughter's invitation to appear in Court. Among the collateral ephemera is an extensive manuscript (eulogy?) on Isaac Sharp, author of An Apposite of he Nineteenth Century; several envelopes and sheets of stationery from the Legation in Vienna; a manuscript copy of Lawton's resignation of his office as tendered to the President; and a number of cards and notes from Lady Arthur Paget (1865-1919), an English-American social leader, philanthropist, who, during the reign of Edward VII, was one of the foremost leaders of London society, and her home was frequented by all who were celebrated in the world of society, literature, and art. Also: an ALS from James R. Roosevelt; a large archive of receipts from theGrandHotel A Vienne; and various pieces from other European diplomats. An interesting holding.

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