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    Wade Hampton Autograph Letter Signed. Four integral pages, 5" x 8", Columbia [South Carolina], January 4, 1867. Writing to J.W. Jones nearly two years after the end of the Civil War, former Confederate Gen. Wade Hampton III gives details regarding Gen. A.P. Hill during the Battle of Bristoe Station [October 1863] and his role during the Battle of Trevilian Station [June 1864]. After thanking Jones for the response to his previous letter, Hampton discusses Gen. Hill's confrontation with Union Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren at Bristoe, saying, "I felt solicitous as to the statement in regard to Hill's movement against Warren . . . For Genl. Hill, I had a warm regard . . . I would therefore do nothing to detract from the fame of a soldier who gave his life to our cause. . . . I need only repeat to you what Gen. Lee said to me on my return from that expedition. 'I feel satisfied that the cavalry did all they could have done.'"

    Of Trevilian, he states: "I wanted justice done to the new troops from this state [South Carolina]. . . . It is due to to [sic] myself, that I should state that the whole movement against [Gen. Philip] Sheridan originated with myself. I proposed it to Genl. Lee & he directed me to take my Divn & one other & carry it out. I chose Fitz[hugh] Lees Divn & this was ordered to follow me. I had sole command of the troops, chose the ground to fight on, & directed all movements. . . . His [Sheridan's] defeat was complete, though he has lied about it."

    He concludes by thanking Jones for his offer to "give a sketch of my career, & if I could aid you, I would do so. But nearly all my papers were lost. I feel gratified however, that one fact remains, which is that in 17 fights & many skirmishes, during the last campaign, my men enabled me to say that my men were not once defeated. I trust that the record of their glorious deeds will not be lost." Smoothed folds. Light toning along the vertical fold and at the edges. Lower right corner is damaged on page three. Small areas of minor ink smudging and foxing.


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