Lot 419: Virginia-born Confederate officer (1825–1875) who famously led the eponymous ill-fated charge at Gettysburg. Civil War–dated handwritten endorsement, signed "G. E. Pickett, Maj. Gen.," penned on the docketing panel of a letter written by Lieutenant Colonel F. H. Langley, one page, 7.75 x 8.75, February 4, 1865. Pickett presumably approves a request for leave. Langley's letter, in full: "I respectfully ask that Private J. Riley of Co. 'B' (detailed as Regimental Shoe maker) be granted forty eight (48) hours leave to go to Richmond Va. to get material to continue his work." Pickett endorses the request on the reverse, below which another officer writes, "Approved by order of Gen. Lee." Intersecting folds, heavy overall staining and soiling, and Pickett's writing faded and very difficult to distinguish, otherwise very good condition; of all Pickett's writing, his signature is the most legible.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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