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    Robert E. Lee Framed Display of a Period Fair Copy of his General Order No. 9 of April 10, 1865, Signed by 30 Confederate Soldiers of the 2nd Regiment Engineer Troops, an Appomattox Parole Issued to One of the Soldiers, a Robert E. Lee Signature,
    and Strands of Lee's Hair. Includes:

    Manuscript Copy of Robert E. Lee's "General Orders No. 9" in an unknown hand. One page, 8" x 12.25". [Appomattox Court House, Virginia, April 10, 1865] With integral leaf, physically to the left of the order, is a Manuscript Document Signed by 30 Confederate soldiers of a regiment of Engineer Troops, known to be present at the surrender. Overall size, 16" x 12.5". It reads: "Roll of officers and men of Company 'G' 2nd Regiment Engineer Troops present at Surrender of 'Army of Northern Virginia' near Appomattox Court House Virginia on the 9th of April 1865." Signed: "B M Harrod Capt," "J.E. Roller 1st Lt.," and "Fred Harris 2nd Lt." And, in two columns, by 27 members of Company G including "T S Kitchens" (Roller added "3rd Sergt" to Kitchen's signature), "D.T. Williams 4th Segt," "James J. Medcalf 3rd Corpl," "J.S. Brady," "D. Butler," "Thomas Case," "W. M. Cross," "N D Cooper," "Wm H Gillikin," "J W Harper," "Stanley Leggett," "M A McDougald," "Benjamin Morris," "D.W. Payne," "R. Popham," "Jas. B. Stanly," "J.W. Stansell," and "Wm. Sutton." Company G's Captain, Benjamin M. Harrod (1837-1912), later served as Chief State Engineer of Louisiana and City Engineer of New Orleans. He was appointed to the Panama Canal Commissions by Pres. Theodore Roosevelt in 1902 and 1905. Plastic tape on verso at the four corners show through in blank areas.
    Since this document was first signed, in order, by the Captain, two Lieutenants, three Sergeants, and three Corporals, and then by 21 privates (in alphabetical order), one can picture what occurred on April 10, 1865, at Appomattox after General Lee's order was read aloud to Company 'G' 2nd Regiment Engineer Troops, present the previous day at the surrender. The roll was called. As usual, it began with the sergeants, then corporals, continuing with, in alphabetical order, the privates, and each soldier signed his name on the page opposite his commanding general's order. This is the first transcript of General Order No. 9 we have ever seen signed by a regiment of soldiers to whom Gen. Lee was directing the order.
    Appomattox Court House Parole Pass Issued to John E. Roller, one of the soldiers signing the manuscript described above. Partly printed Document Signed "T.M.R. Talcott." One page, 7.75" x 3". Appomattox Court House, Va., April 10, 1865. Filled out in manuscript. Age has lightened the manuscript ink, and this document has been expertly restored, and the ink darkened. In full: "The Bearer, John E. Roller of Co. G 2nd Regt. of Engr. Troops, a Paroled Prisoner of the Army of Northern Virginia, has permission to go to his home, and there remained undisturbed." Mounting stains on verso at the corners show through.
    In April 1865, Companies C, G, H, and K of the Second Regiment Engineer Troops were with the forces in Virginia. These four companies, for the most part, served under Colonel Thomas Mann Randolph Talcott of the 1st Engineers Regiment. Col. Talcott (1838-1920) had served as Aide-de-Camp to General Robert E. Lee. An 1863 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, appointed 2nd Lieutenant in October 1863, John E. Roller (1844-1918) studied law after the war and became an attorney in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He later served in the Virginia state legislature and was a Brigadier General in the state militia.
    A signature "Robert E. Lee", on a 2.5" x 2" slip of paper, is prominently displayed on the bottom margin of the manuscript orders. The display is rounded out with six strands of Lee's silver grey hair authenticated by Charles Hamilton, cut by Lee from his head on April 19, 1869, and presented to Louise R. Thome. All items are matted and framed to an overall size of 36.5" x 27.5", making and impressive presentation.


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