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    Confederate General Roswell S. Ripley: Autograph Letter Signed (ALS) From Fort Sumter.
    1 p., Head Quarters Fort Sumter, June 22, 1861, 7.5" x 9.75", fine. An interesting association piece. Ripley was stationed on Fort Sumter following the Confederacy's takeover in April. One year after this letter was written Robert Smalls along with several other slaves stole the steamer Planter and made a run for the Federal Troops. They succeeded and Smalls became quite the celebrity, with Congress awarding Smalls and his crew prize money. After the war Smalls was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. The Planter was the dispatch vessel for Brig. Gen. Ripley. In this letter written to Col. Manigault Ripley states: "I will endeavor to have the Planter at Castle Pinckney this afternoon at 2 o'clock to take on board the articles you require. Very Respectfully Your ob. Serv. R.S. Ripley, Lt. Col. Comdg". Smalls action in taking the Planter helped convince President Abraham Lincoln to accept African-American soldiers into the Union Army.

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