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    Three Letters Written by John Augustine Washington III. John A. Washington III was a great-grand nephew of George Washington, and the last Washington to own Mount Vernon. Like much of his family, when the nation was torn asunder during the Civil War, John was in support of the Confederacy. Though not a military man, Washington enlisted in the Confederate army as a lieutenant colonel, becoming an aide de camp to General Robert E. Lee.

    This set contains two pre-war letters, dated July 12, 1844, and July 28, 1859, as well as one war-dated letter, written on April 12, 1861, five months before he was shot and killed while on a reconnaissance. The 1861 letter is brief, at one page, measuring 6.5" x 7.75", written from Waveland (possibly the Waveland plantation in Marshall, Virginia), and discusses an upcoming vestry meeting.

    Includes a typed letter from J.E. Butler, drummer boy for the 17th Indiana Volunteers, dated June 23rd, 1911, and describing the death of Washington on September 8, 1861. In part: "Washington was mounted, our men were lying behind a rail fence, when Washington, unaware of their presence, approached. The four men rose to their feet and demanded his surrender. Instead of surrendering he tried to get away. The men fired and he fell from his horse."

    Condition: All letters evenly toned with smoothed folds. The 1844 letter shows a small hole of loss toward the bottom center, and the 1861 letter has minor separation at the bottom right of the horizontal fold.


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    December, 2015
    12th Saturday
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