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    Confederate General Joseph Wheeler War-Dated Letter Signed and Carte de Visite. The one page letter ("Head Qrs Cav. Corps. / Gadsden, Ala," August 24, 1863) is addressed to Colonel George William Brent and reads, "Having received information that many deserters are passing down the Rail Road running from Blue Mountain to Selma. I have the honor to ask if it would not be advisable to place a Guard of an officer and a few men on the trains between Blue Mountain and Talladega." Two days later an endorsement was written by adjutant Kinloch Falconer "By command of General [Braxton] Bragg" leaving this matter "entirely to the discretion of Maj. Genl. Wheeler." With expected soiling. The fold has been minimally repaired by archival tape.

    The rare CDV (2.5" x 4", circa 1864) features the general sitting in his double-breasted Confederate frock coat. Stamped below the image by photographer Webster & Bros. of Louisville. Some age toning and light staining.

    Thrice wounded and a survivor of sixteen horses that were shot out from under him, the fortunate Wheeler served the Confederacy as a senior cavalry general in the Army of Tennessee. At the end of the century, he served as a general in the U.S. Army, giving him the rare distinction of providing war-time service as a general for two opposing sides.

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    December, 2014
    12th Friday
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