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    William E. "Grumble" Jones Autograph Letter Signed Together with S. M. Yost Autograph Letter Signed. Includes: William E. "Grumble" Jones Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 7.75" x 9.75", New Market, Virginia; January 20, 1863. Written on lined paper to Colonel Henry B. Davidson detailing the arrest of a S. M. Yost. It reads in part: "Will you if you know by what authority Maj S. M. Yost is on duty in Staunton, please inform me. From the fact of his having been arrested under my instruction I presume you have deemed the authority for his presence where he is sufficient. Grave charges having been preferred against him I feel it a duty to him and the country that an opportunity for a defense before a court be allowed him..." Signed, "Wm Jones / Brig Genl." The letter has two notes written on the verso. One dated January 24th from Henry B. Davidson, requesting a Major Bell endorse the paper with what he knows about the arrest and one with Bell's subsequent endorsement where he requests the charges against Yost be minimized.

    S. M. Yost Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 7.75" x 8", Staunton [Virginia]; February 9, 1863. Letter is addressed to Colonel Henry B. Davidson and requests a copy of the charges brought against him so that he may move forward with his trial. It reads in part: "I was placed under arrest on the 17 th of last month (January) by you order, based on instructions from Brig. Gen. W. E. Jones...I have awaited until now, expecting daily to be furnished with a copy of the specifications...against me; but, as yet, have no received it. You will please do me the favor to furnish it at your earliest convenience, as it is my wish to have as speedy a trial as possible." Signed, "S. M. Yost." The letter also has two notes written on the verso. One dated February 9th from Henry B. Davidson forwarding the charges and another, dated February 11th, acknowledging that the charges have been passed on to Col. Abraham Charles Myers Quartermaster General.

    From the Military Archive of CSA General Henry B. Davidson.

    Condition: The text of Jones' letter is a bit light. It is gently rubbed with toning throughout from age and minor edgewear. 1.5" closed tear has been repaired on verso with tape. Yost's letter has mounting residue with paper attachment on verso. Toning from residue has bled through along the recto right margin with intermittent toning throughout and smoothed mail folds.

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