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    Victor Jean Baptiste Girardey (1837-1864) Confederate General killed in action at Deep Bottom, Virginia, Rare War Date Autograph Letter Signed "Victor", four pages, 5" x 7", "Head Quarters Wright's Brigade", August 5, 1864 in pencil. Only eleven days before he was killed near Fussels' Mill while resisting a Federal assault on the east end of the Richmond defenses, Girardey writes to this brother, in full: "Since last I wrote you we have had another battle in which I had the honor to participate and escaped uninjured owing I suppose to the fact of having a very hard head a ball struck me plump on the head & strange to say did not injure, except making me quite weak & faint for a little while - You have heard of what a part our Division has accomplished, only 3 Brigades retook the works held by two Yankee Corps & supported by another & slaughtered them like sheep. I never yet have seen so many Yankees dead on the same space of ground, they acknowledge a loss of 5000 men- We captured about 1200 prisoners & 18 flags, Our Division has done all the fighting for this Army at this point- since we have been here at Petersburg we have fought four (4) battles, and never had more than 3 Brigades engaged at any one time. We taken in three fine battles alone, 19 pieces of Artillery, 29 stand of Colors, about 5000 stand of small Arms & about 3700 prisoners, 300 horses, 50 wagons & 30 ambilance [sic], all this is exclusive of what we captured in the Campaign before reaching this point- this is doing very well- You have ere this heard of my promotion to Brigadier General, & at present in command of this Brigade- so you see I have at least gone up with a jump & trust I will stick- What do you think of your little Brother- no sarcasm. We also have other honors a pouring in and the Girardy boys- are come- If you can spare a little of your good old what you keep in your cellar, it would be very acceptable, & would no doubt add to comfort- very hot- & dry. My last I wrote you in relation to your forges, send them-- My love to Mother & Angy kiss the Children for me. Your Affection[ate] Bro[ther] Victor Remember me to the Gals in the office- Tell Mac to Hurah" French-born Girardey joined the Confederate Army as an aide-de-camp and soon rose to the rank of captain on the staff of General A. R. Wright. During the Petersburg operations he was transferred to the staff of General Mahone and so distinguished himself at the Battle of the Crater, four days later he was 'jumped' to the rank of brigadier general -- the only Confederate officer upon whom such an honor was conferred. Neatly laid in to a larger sheet, light soiling and creases, else Fine condition. War-date missives are extremely scarce; this is one of the finest still in private hands. From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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