Lot 433: Two items: a Civil War–dated LS signed "R. E. Lee, Genl," at the conclusion of a letter of recommendation by William Clarke, one page, 7.75 x 7.25, October 15, 1862, in full: "Having great confidence in the recommendation of Genl. Ransom & Col Clarke, I do not hesitate to recommend Mr. Valk for the position of Asst Qr. Mr. Believing from his testimonials that he will prove an active & efficient officer, his position & services claim something for him from the Government"; and a Civil War–dated ALS signed "U. S. Grant, Majr Genl," one page, 7.25 x 7.25, January 16, 1864, in full: "Please send the bearer of this, Mrs. Bransford under Flag of Truce, to the Confederate lines." Expertly double-matted and framed with a plaque and two original carte-de-visite portraits to an overall size of 26.5 x 21.5. In good to very good condition, with repaired separations to intersecting folds, staining and soiling, and some chipping to edges. Both desirable items on their own, the Grant letter is especially interesting, allowing passage of the mother of a prominent Confederate officer—most likely Captain John S. Bransford of the Army of the Tennessee—to return home to Confederate lines "under Flag of Truce." A desirable pair of war-dated letters from the opposing military leaders of the Civil War.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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