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    WILLIAM T. SHERMAN: AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED. Penned on the verso of an ALS from Minnie Hunt Ransom, the wife of Confederate General Robert Ransom. One page, 10" x 7.5", April 28, 1865 from Raleigh, North Carolina, Sherman pens (in full): "I take great pleasure in committing this lady and her family to the care & protection of Gen. Howard, and beg he will let officer see the family and assure Mrs. Ransom of the deep interest we feel in her safety and happiness." Signed: "W.T. Sherman Maj. Genl. Comd"

    In her letter, Mrs. Ransom appeals directly to Sherman to protect her family, as union forces then occupied the northeastern portion of North Carolina after the surrender of Joseph Johnston's Confederate army (April 26). Mrs. Ransom writes (in part): "under existing circumstances I deem it not improper to call on you personally for that protection any woman has a right to expect from gallant gentlemen and officers...I am living alone with my four little children...I will be truly obliged to you to send me such protection as may secure me from molestation..." Her husband, Gen. Robert Ransom, surrendered to General Howard in Warrenton on May 2, and the last of Rebel troops surrendered on May 26. A wonderful and unusual letter of compassion from Sherman, the most reviled Yankee in the South, who had recently earned a reputation as a barbarian for his devastating "March to the Sea". In fine condition.

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    December, 2007
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