Lot 405: Civil War–dated ADS, signed "R. E. Lee, Genl," one page, 7.25 x 3.5, May 22, 1862. Document issued from "Hd Qrts Richmond," instructing that a gentleman "of Richmond will be allowed to pass all guards & patrols from this City to his farm on Brooke turnpike & to return at his pleasure." Restored to very good condition, with repaired separations to intersecting folds (one vertical fold passing between initials in the signature), repaired paper loss, and overall soiling. On this same day, General Lee met with Confederate President Jefferson Davis and rode out to Mechanicsville with the intention of meeting Joseph E. Johnston and reviewing military strategy, but they ultimately did not meet; instead, Lee and Davis were dismayed to find their troops disorganized and ill-prepared for defense. Johnston would be wounded later that week, making way for Lee to assume command of the Army of Northern Virginia. Handwritten field passes from Lee at this crucial time in his military career are rare and of the utmost desirability.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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