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    Longstreet Post-war Manuscript Disputing Official Records. Pencil manuscript in General Longstreet's hand, 3 pages, 8" x 12.5", ca. 1890s. James Longstreet pasted the facsimile of a published letter by Robert E. Lee to a sheet of notebook paper and proceeded to dispute its validity as a historical resource for future students of Gettysburg. He wrote in part:"There is a letter published in the Records of the Rebellion purporting to be from General Lee, viz...R.R. Vol 27. pt III page 948...As dated 730 AM it is not corroborative nor coordinated with contemporaneous orders or movements and is likely if not carefully noticed to lead the historian into some trouble...on the 28th he prepared to march on to Harrisburg on the 29th, that after night fall of the 28th, my scouts came in and reported positions of parts of the Union Army on the north side of the Potomac that upon that report the order of march for the 29th was changed. It seems conclusive that the first order for change was for concentration at Chambersburg ...The Second corps when about to march on the 29th under its orders for Harrisburg, received the counter orders, sent after the report of the scout was made, and changed direction as was ordered by the later dispatches...Now it is noted in the letter book from which the above has been taken that it was recorded from memory..." Light overall aging with minor loss to edges, else very good condition. An excellent opportunity to acquire a first personal historic retrospective of the troop movements leading up to the battle of Gettysburg.

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    December, 2006
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