Lot 438: Virginia-born Confederate officer (1825–1875) who famously led the eponymous ill-fated charge at Gettysburg. Twice-signed ALS signed "G. E. Pickett, Capt. 9th Infy, Comg Post," one page, 7.75 x 9.75, March 3, 1857. Letter to Major W. W. Mackall, penned from "Military Post Bellingham." In full: "I have the honor to enclose charges and specifications against Pvts. George Middleton, George Fleming, and William O'Neill Comp'y 'D' 9th Infy." Also endorsed on the reverse entirely in Pickett's hand and signed in the same manner: "Military Post Bellingham Bay WT, March 3, 1857, G. E. Pickett Capt. 9th Infy Comg Post, Forwarding Charges vs. Geo. Middleton & others, Company 'D' 9th Infy." In fine condition, with a light band of toning along upper horizontal fold. Pickett oversaw the construction of Fort Bellingham, situated in the northwest corner of the Washington Territory near the Canadian border. beginning in August 1856. He remained there with the 9th Infantry for three years, where they were tasked with fighting Indians on the frontier and defending the border, Pickett established a reputation for harsh discipline out of necessity, as his unruly soldiers were prone to desertion, drunkenness, and petty crimes. A scarce letter associated with Pickett's experience during his early command.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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