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    GENERAL HENRY A. WISE AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED TO GEN. ELZEY, 1863. Wise was born in Drummond Town, Accomack County, Virginia, to a family of wealthy planters. He served as a brigadier general in the Confederate Army and afterward was promoted to the rank of major general. He commanded the District of Roanoke Island during the Battle of Roanoke Island. His part in the decision to cede the island when faced with much greater Union forces drew the ire of some of the Confederate government leadership.

    Henry A. Wise ALS "Henry A. Wise". One page with docketing on verso, 8" x 10" on blue lined paper. White House, June 11th, 1863. Docketed: "H. A. Wise, Brig. Genl. White House, June 11th 1863. Report disposition of forces, urges that reaping machines & scythes may be furnished to this Command to cut clover, etc." The letter reads, in part, "To Mgr Genl. Elzey Comd'g &c.. Genl. I have placed Col. Good in command from this to the upper Pamunkey, and across from this place through Lanesville to the Bluffs just above Francies Ferry on the Mattasoni... Col. Duke commands from Cumberland to West Point and thence across to Diascumd Bridge, with his 46th & Tabb's 59th infantry and Robertson's Battalion & part of Holcombe Legion Cavalry, in his front scouting & picketing down towards Williamsburg. The great desideration is forage. There are 2000 tons at least in this neighborhood calling for scythe's & reaping machines... Very resply, Henry A. Wise, Brig. Genl."

    Fine, two small pin holes in folds, couple of small chips.

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