2 Nashville-related Civil War Documents, 1 signed by future U.S. president Andrew Johnson (Secretarial signed), the other written at Fort Confiscation, and 1 Mississippi Civil War era newspaper. 1st item- Letter, handwritten and signed by Andrew Johnson as military governor, to Lieut. Osgood, Provost Marshall on staff of General Mitchell, dated January 9 1863. The letter reads "Allow me to introduce to you Mr. G.__ Abbott of this city. He is a gentleman of character and a thoroughgoing Union man. Any statement he may make to you can be implicitly relied upon and any kindness you may extend to him will be fully appreciated. Very Respectfully, Andrew Johnson, Mil. Gov'r." Blue lined paper with printed heading "State of Tennessee Executive Department Nashville". 9-1/2" x 7-1/3". 2nd item– Letter penned at Fort Confiscation, Nashville, Tennessee, Nov. 16th, 1862, 7 pages handwritten on lined paper to "Dear Friend Mary" and signed by Union army private Theodore Wheelock. A portion of it reads "We are encamped on a high hill about a quarter of a mile out of town it is a very pleasant place with the exception of being rather cool. Do not know how long we will stay here but do not expect to long as I think Gen. Rozencrantz is a man that will not stop long in a place. But still he may leave us here for all that is evident that there will be some troups (sic) left here and we may be the ones that will be lucky enough to stay… We have had very easy times since we have been here. Although we have not had much to eat some of the time, our rations consisted entirely of bread and fresh meat and corn or rye coffee. But since communication has opened we are faring a little better in respect to rations and a good deal better in respect to mail." Letter goes on to discuss Wheelock's opinions toward Generals Burnsides and Buell, and notes that "a private is not thought any more of than a slave (that is, by his superiors)"; the letter also contains personal comment about news from home. Pages 7-5/8" x 4-5/8". 3rd item–Confederate Newspaper, The Quitman Advertiser, pub. Quitman, Miss., April 17, 1863. Carries news of the capture of the Federal Steamer Fox, along with a general order (no. 96) from Richmond requiring "all commissioned officers and enlisted men who are now absent from their commands for any other case than actual disability" to "return without delay"; and various agricultural themed articles. Signature in ink at top of page: "Col. Whitaker". 23" x 15". Condition: Very good condition with some scattered stains to Johnson letter; Wheelock letter also in very good condition with light toning and fading. Newspaper faded with large light stains to both sides and scattered ink stains, losses at edges.
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