Lot 385: Confederate general who gained early fame as commander of the 'Light Division' under Stonewall Jackson and was killed during the Third Battle of Petersburg (1825–1865). Civil War–dated endorsement signature, "A. P. Hill," dated at the Headquarters 3rd Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, December 20, 1864, on the docketing panel of a later pay receipt, one page, 8.25 x 7.5, January 30, 1865. A very light endorsement by Cadmus Wilcox is penned above Hill's, and another by Walter Taylor is penned below, returning the documents "by order of Genl Lee." The opposing side states that Sergeant Robert R. Hemphill has been paid. In very good condition, with intersecting folds, overall dampstaining and soiling, and show-through from writing to opposing sides; Hill's signature is strong and bold. This document dates to just four months before Hill was killed in action at the Third Battle of Petersburg as he tried to rally his troops in the face of a Union offensive. Hill is an exceedingly scarce Confederate autograph, particularly in so bold an example.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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