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    The Book Pickett and His Men By His Wife LaSalle Corbell Pickett, Signed With a Lengthy Inscription. Confederate General George Pickett, West Point Class of 1846, is well known for Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg. After the war, he fled to Canada and was denied a full pardon until only one year before his death in 1875. LaSalle Corbell Pickett spent the rest of her life honoring her husband and shaping his image as a Confederate hero. She came from a prominent Virginia family, a great-great grandniece of President William Henry Harrison and daughter of Dr. John Minge of Virginia.

    In 1899, LaSalle "Sally" Corbell Pickett wrote this 439-page, with index, memoir of her husband's service during the Civil War. Entitled Pickett...and His Men, this is the second edition published in 1900 and measures 6¼" x 8½". The volume is pale blue and cloth-bound and bears a lengthy inscription in Mrs. Pickett's hand, including a poetic verse and her signature, all in an elaborate ink script.

    Mrs. Picket understandably takes a poetic tone in her writing, dedicating the book to her husband and devoting over forty pages to his battle at Gettysburg. The inscription on the frontispiece of the book takes up the entire page as she has composed a poem to the recipient, Mr. John R. Lunsford of San Antonio, Texas. She starts, "Gone are the olden days of battle storm and fire," as she reminisces of the days of her husband's glory. Her signature trails to the bottom edge of the paper with a flourish, "La Salle Corbell Pickett".

    This is an interesting book due to the accounts of her husband's wartime life. But as the unique inscription she wrote notes, it is an homage to a Confederate general, sometimes much maligned but forever in the hearts of the Confederates he led in battle.


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