Lot 416: Confederate officer (1832–1865) who fought with distinction at Murfreesboro and Chickamauga; he was killed in action in a skirmish at Hatcher's Run, Virginia, in February of 1865. Civil War–dated handwritten endorsement, signed "Jno. Pegram, B. Genl," on the reverse docketing panel of a document putting forth charges against a soldier, one page, 7.5 x 12, April 11, 1864. Pegram writes, "See letter of Col. Hoffman accompanying this package," beneath Hoffman's very lightly penned disapproval of the charges. The main document, in part: "Charges and Specifications against private Allen Greenlief of Company 'D' Thirty first Regiment of Virginia Infantry in the service of the Confederate States. Charge 1st Enlisting in another regiment without a regular discharge from the regiment which he last served…Charge 2nd Absent without leave." In very good condition, with heavy uniform toning, scattered soiling, show-through from writing to opposing sides, and some writing quite light. Following the Battle of Chickamauga in late 1863, Pegram's request for reassignment back to the Eastern Theater was granted; he commanded a Virginia infantry brigade in Jubal Early's division until May, when he was badly wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness and removed from duty to recover. Killed in action less than a year after endorsing this document, Pegram's autographic material is exceedingly rare, this being only the second item we have offered.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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