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    Confederate Lt. General Thomas J. Jackson: Writes to Gen. Robert E. Lee April 16th 1863, including Lee's response. A rare and significant letter!
    This 2 page ALS of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson is perhaps the finest Jackson letter to come on the market in the past 10 years. Condition is very fine with professional archival strengthening of the folds. The ink is dark with no fading. On a separate third page Jackson again signs his name and addresses the content of the letter for Genl. Lee to write his comments underneath. Lee writes 14 lines then his signature "R. E. Lee, Gen." In a third column A.A.G. H. L. Clay writes "Respectfully submitted to the Secretary of War."

    Occasion and significance of Jackson's letter: According to the book, They Called Him Stonewall, on page 271, "On Robertson's orders, Colonel W. E. ("Grumble") Jones had taken his Seventh Virginia troopers toward the Rapidan River and had run into Federal Cavalry at the village of Orange. Jones was wounded and his men were roughly handled, with ten dead and fifty captured. Robertson had offered no support. Jackson asked Lee to remove Robertson from his command and to replace him with Jones." General Lee did not know a lot about Jones and he sent a message to Jackson through Major Talcott asking for Jones' military qualifications... thus the purpose of Jackson's letter to Lee. Here is the full content:

    "Hd. Qrs. 2d Corps ArN.V.
    April 16th, 1863.
    General,
    In reply to your inquiry through Maj. Talcott as to what I know respecting the military qualifications of Brig. Genl. W. E. Jones, I would respectfully state that he graduated at West Point in 1848 and for several years was an officer in the U. S. Army. He is a brave and resolute officer, possessed of a practical and superior mind. I have known him for about eighteen years, and so high was the opinion which I entertained of him, that I recommend him for a colonelcy of cavalry when he was in civil life. He was probably appointed in June last, and his Regt. the 7th Va. cavl. was part of my command, and he discharged his duties so much to my entire satisfaction as to induce me to recommend his promotion to the rank of Brig. General. As a general officer he was in command of my cavalry in the Valley last Fall, until I crossed the Blue Ridge to join you a short time previous to the Battle of Fredericksburg. Whilst he was under my command he gave me entire satisfaction both as a regimental and brigade commander. His conduct at the cavalry engagement at Orange C. H. about the first of August last was highly creditable to him, and at the Battle of Cedar Run he did all that in my opinion the circum-stances justified. I would respectfully call your attention to the mention which I have made of him in my official report of the battle. If I had cavalry embraced in my command, I should deem myself fortunate in having Genl. J. at the head of it.
    I am Genl., Your Obdt. Servant,
    T. J. Jackson
    Lt. Genl.

    Genl. R. E. Lee".


    On the reverse - IN THE HAND OF JACKSON:

    "T. J. Jackson
    Lt. Genl.

    Hd. Qrs. 2d Corps ArN. V.
    April 16th, 1863.
    Letter respecting Brig.
    Genl. W. E. Jones mil-
    itary qualifications."

    IN THE HAND OF LEE:

    Hdqrs.: A. N. V. Ap' '63
    Respy forwd to the Honble Sect
    Of War for such action as he
    May deem proper. I know
    nothing of the objections made
    against Genl. W. E. Jones & it is
    the farthest from my wish to
    bias or influence the judge
    -ment of the Senate - whose
    desire I believe it to be to do
    Justice to everyone. I con
    -sider Genl. W. E. Jones to be
    a meritorious officer, against
    whose character I know nothing.

    R. E. Lee Genl."

    IN THE COLUMN TO THE RIGHT, IN THE HAND OF CLAY:

    "Respy submitted to the Secy
    of War

    ADJ. GO. H. L. Clay
    Apl 20/63 A.A.G."

    Remarkably, several years after this letter was purchased, the actual letter by James A. Seddon sending the Jackson-Lee document to the Senate was found! The letter is on official "Confederate States of America War Department" stationery. "Richmond, Va. April 21st, 1863" and reads as follows:

    "Confederate States of America
    WAR DEPARTMENT
    Richmond, Va. April 21, 1863
    Hon. E. Sparrow
    Chairman &c
    C.S. Senate,
    Sir,
    I have the honor to enclose for the information of the Senate, a letter from Lieut. Genl. T.J. Jackson respecting the military qualifications of Brig. Genl. W.E. Jones with an endorsement by Genl. Lee.

    Very Respectfully
    Your obdt. servt.

    James A. Seddon
    Secretary of War"

    Condition: Some staining. A truly remarkable Stonewall Jackson "archive" when both these pieces are put together. From the Calvin Packard Civil War Battlefield Letter Collection.


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