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    Confederate Brigadier General Gilbert Moxley Sorrel's Personal Southern Cross of Honor

    Grouping Associated With Confederate Brigadier General Gilbert Moxley Sorell. Includes the following items:
    Southern Cross of Honor, 1.25" x 2" overall. The hanger reads "G. M. Sorrel" and is above a cruciform bronze medal having the Confederate battle flag centered on the obverse with "United Daughters (of the) Confederacy To The U.C V." The reverse reads "Southern Cross of Honor Deo Vindice 1861 - 1865". Original old toning and in excellent condition. The UDC first presented these attractive service medals in 1900 to members of the United Confederate Veterans. Sorrel, scion of a prosperous Savannah family, is best remembered for his service as James Longstreet's aide-de-camp. In the fall of 1864, Sorrel was promoted to brigadier general and commanded his own brigade in William Mahone's division of A. P. Hill's 3rd Army Corps. General Sorrel, who had already been wounded at Sharpsburg and Gettysburg, was shot through the lung at Hatcher's Run, Virginia on February 7, 1865. He survived the war, returning to his hometown. Since General Sorrel died in 1901, his Cross of Honor would have been among the earliest ones distributed.
    Army of Northern Virginia Service Badge. Approximately 1" x 3" overall with ribbon, enameled brass. A Confederate battle flag marked "A.N.V." is attached to a suspension loop having a white panel reading "1861 - 1865". The whole is attached to a red and white ribbon. This simple veteran's item is enhanced by its association with Sorrel. The ribbon is somewhat frayed and stained, however the badge is in excellent condition.
    Gilbert Moxley Sorrel: Recollections of a Confederate Staff Officer. (New York and Washington: The Neale Publishing Company, 1905), 315 pages, grey cloth, 8vo (5.5" x 8.5"). Wear and soiling to covers, some internal stains and light foxing, library plate and stamp to front end papers. Binding remains tight, very good condition. Sorrel's posthumously published memoirs contain one of the best eyewitness accounts General Mott's death at Williamsburg and are celebrated for their insightful recollections of the Confederate high command.

    Provenance: The Tharpe Collection of American Military History

    Exhibited: The Liberty Heritage Society Museum


    ‡ The owner placed a late bid on this unreserved lot and repurchased it, subject to applicable commission.

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