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    CONFEDERATE MAJOR GENERAL LUNSFORD LINDSAY LOMAX ARCHIVE. Consists of an ALS, a signature, a carte de visite, his pocket watch with chain, his father's seal ring, and a copy of his mother's book. Details of items as follows:

    Autograph Letter Signed
    "L. L. Lomax". 1¼ pages (front and verso), 8" x 10.5", on War Records Office letterhead, Washington, November 12, 1895, to a Col. Robb Corlin. He writes, in part: "I have delayed in thanking you for the photographs enclosed in your letter of Oct 31- hoping I could send you those you requested. I found a party here who has negatives of most of the Confederate Generals, who is willing to furnish copies at 25¢ a piece..." Lomax worked at the War Records office from 1894, helping to assemble and edit the Official Records of the Civil War. Fine.

    Signature with Rank
    "Yours truly/ L. L. Lomax/ Maj Genl C.S. Cavly", on card, 4.25" x 2.5." Fine.

    Carte de Visite
    of Lomax in uniform with pencil notation in unknown hand on front "Lomax Va Maj Gen C.S.A.", 2.25" x 3.25" image mounted to slightly larger card.

    Pocket Watch with Key. An 18K gold open face watch with a key wound (through rear) diamond jeweled fusee movement. The movement is marked "Jos. H. Johnson Liverpool 1789". On the inside of the back cover is engraved "L. L. Lomax." The watch is currently in working condition.

    Watch Fob Seal- attached to the watch chain, formerly belonging to his father, Mann Page Lomax, a major of ordnance in the U.S. Army. On the back of this fob are the initials "ELL" who was Mann's wife, Elizabeth Lindsay Lomax. They float over a lock of her hair. Two wax examples of this seal are included showing the initials "MPP" and the heraldic crest.

    Virginia Staff Officers Button with state seal, also attached to the chain, 15mm, marked on the back "Mitchel & Tyler, Richmond."

    Elizabeth Lindsay Lomax: Leaves From an Old Washington Diary 1854-1863 (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1943). A book of excerpts from the diaries of General Lomax's mother. Excellent content with mentions of many famous names of the period.

    Lunsford Lindsay Lomax (1835-1913) had a strong military background. His grandfather, Colonel William Lindsay, a friend of George Washington, fought in the light horse cavalry of Harry Lee during the Revolution, losing an arm in battle. His father, Major Mann Lomax, fought in the Creek and Seminole Indian Wars, and was chosen as one of the officers to form the Ordnance Corps. The young Lomax was educated at Richmond and Norfolk and was appointed cadet-at-large to West Point where he attended classes, and became friends with, Fitzhugh Lee. He graduated in 1856 (21 of 49) and served in the 1st and 2nd cavalries in the west until the Civil War broke out. Resigning his commission on April 25, 1861, he offered his services to Virginia, and was appointed captain in the State forces April 28th. He was assigned to Joseph E. Johnston's staff as assistant adjutant general, later serving as inspector general for Benjamin McCulloch. He was appointed colonel of the 11th Virginia Cavalry in time for the Gettysburg campaign; Lomax was promoted to brigadier general after the battle. Lomax's brigade fought under the command of his old classmate Fitzhugh Lee until he was promoted to major general in August 1864. He was then assigned to Jubal Early in the Shenandoah Valley where Lomax was given command of the Valley District. After the fall of Richmond, he moved his forces to Lynchburg, and when Lee surrendered, sent the news to General Echols, with whom he endeavored to form a junction with the remnants of his own, Fitz Lee's, and Rosser's divisions. He succeeded in joining the army in North Carolina, and surrendered his division with Johnston, at Greensboro. After the war, he farmed in Caroline and Fauquier counties in Virginia until appointed to the presidency of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) in 1889. He served in that post for five years before going to work for the War Records Office in Washington. He also served as a commissioner of Gettysburg National Park. Lomax is buried in Warrenton, Virginia.


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