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    BATTLE OF BULL RUN - GEORGE DONNELLAN AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, 1861. ALS of Confederate Spy George Donnellan. One page, plain lined paper, 7.75" x 9.75", at W. B. Matthews House, July 14, 1861 (one week before Bull Run). In full: "I shall endeavor to establish a line of communication between my destination and your Headquarters in Va. Should any sealed dispatch be handed into your possession without any superscription, and as coming from me, you will please address the same (after satisfying yourself of the contents) to Genl G.T.B. [General P.G.T. Beauregard] Manassa Junction, and have it carried through by the shortest & quickest time. With much respect Yrs G. Donnellan". Donnellan was in the same Washington-based spy ring as Rose O'Neal Greenhow that was managed by Beauregard aide Thomas Jordan. Donnellan was used to carry messages between Greenhow, Jordan, and Beauregard including information on troop movements that Jefferson Davis later credited as the reason for the Confederate victory at First Bull Run. Greenhow and other of her associates were arrested shortly after Bull Run by Allan Pinkerton but Donnellan, with the Confederate Army, escaped capture. A rare letter with excellent content and a compelling date.

    Mailing folds with some weakness, a tiny bit of ink "burn-through", else fine.

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