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    Fitzhugh Lee's Commission as a Confederate Lieutenant Colonel - Signed by Virginia Governor John Letcher. Partially printed Document Signed, "John Letcher", one page, 9.5" x 8", Richmond, Virginia, September 27, 1861. A beautiful and highly important Commonwealth of Virginia military commission naming Fitzhugh Lee "Lieutenant Colonel of Cavalry" and boldly signed by Virginia's celebrated wartime governor, John Letcher. At first serving on the staff of General Joseph E. Johnston at First Manassas, Fitzhugh Lee's gallantry led Governor John Letcher of Virginia to appoint him Lieutenant Colonel of Cavalry on September 27, 1861. Lee would soon report to the legendary General JEB Stuart for service. Not long thereafter, he would be appointed to Brigadier General and see action at Antietam, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Wounded at the Third Battle of Winchester, Lee was one of the youngest cavalry commanders of the war. After Stuart's death at Yellow Tavern near Richmond, Lee would serve under his uncle, Robert E. Lee, as cavalry commander. The document is illustrated with a vibrant serrated green paper seal embossed with Virginia's motto: "Sic Semper Tyrannis." Smoothed folds, else a brilliant, very fine condition. Matted and professionally framed to an overall size of 15.5" x 14.25". This appointment paved the way for Lee's 1862 command of the 1st Virginia Cavalry, which in turn led to divisional commands under Stuart and Hampton. This certificate is a great addition to any Lee family Civil War memorabilia collection.

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