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    Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson: Autograph Letter Signed [ALS] Promising to Make Good on a Loan Used to Purchase Muskets from Harper's Ferry Residents.
    7.125" x 9.75" bifolium letter, August 29, 1861, 2pp., signed "T. J. Jackson/ Brig. Genl. P.A.C.S.", sent to Colonel Kenton Harper of the 5th Regiment Virginia Volunteers. Written a month after his stellar performance at First Manassas [Bull Run], Jackson was in command of the "Stonewall Brigade" at Centreville, Virginia, which served as a supply depot for the Confederate army. Weapons were in short supply, prompting Robert E. Lee to authorize the purchase of muskets for $5 apiece from the residents of Harper's Ferry. The muskets had been retrieved from the burning arsenal in the wake of John Brown's raid. In full:
    "Whilst commanding officer at Harpers Ferry I received an official letter from Maj. Genl. R. E. Lee dated May 6th, 1861, in which he states 'You are authorized to offer the payment of $5 a piece for each musket that may be returned of those taken possession of by the people in and about Harpers Ferry.' No public funds had been turned over to me, and I could not procure the amount on credit. My available private funds were turned over to the ordinance officer for the purpose of securing important ordinance stores. Under great pressure for funds for the purchase of the amount contemplated in Genl. Lee's letter, I accepted of your patriotic proposition to borrow it from the Bank upon your private credit. Some time since you stated to me, that Virginia paid the principal, but refused to pay the discount on your note, in Bank for $2000. At that time I gave the the assurance that if the state would not pay it I would. This morning I received from you a statement respecting the subject from the cashier of the Bank of the Valley in Winchester. Please forward his statement with this letter to the proper officer for settlement, and if the state will not allow the amount return the officers refusal to me, and I will make good my promise." Docketed "Col. Kenton Harper's claim for discounts paid on $2000 borrowed by him from Valley Bank Winchester, for the public service, under the authority of Col. Jackson, comg. Harper's Ferry."

    Harper wrote a letter to Jackson on the same day Jackson wrote this letter, informing him of his wife's serious illness and requesting a leave of absence. General Joseph E. Johnstone turned down Harper's request, so he resigned from the army on September 11, 1861, but returned to active duty in June 1864. The letter has some light soiling and spotting, but is in very good condition overall. It provides a rare insight into Jackson's dedication and self-sacrifice for the Confederate cause.


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