SOLD! for $11,250.00.
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Civil War era ALS. One-page bifolium handwritten autographed letter signed by Jefferson Finis Davis (1808-1889) as president of the Confederate States of America (CSA) from 1861 to 1865, Richmond, Virginia, writing to General Robert Edward Lee (1807-1870), Headquarters of the Army of Virginia, dated May 12, 1864. Composed shortly after the events of the Battle of the Wilderness (fought on May 5-7, 1864), Davis writes "Your conduct of the Wilderness fight has won you much praise in the City [of Richmond] and the Sec[retary] of War [James Seddon] is justly proud of your achievement and I am greatly pleased and extend the congratulations not only of myself but the members of the Cabinet. I am much disappointed to learn of [Lieutenant General James] Longstreet's tardiness. Will you try to arrange matters so that I might see you in person within the next ten days. Respectfully yours, Jefferson Davis." Does not include envelope, typed transcription is included. Letter: 8 1/8" H x 10" W.
PROVENANCE: By descent from the estate of Stanley Horn, Nashville, Tennessee.
CONDITION: Writing and signature are in overall good, legible condition with fading, particularly toward the end of the letter. Fold lines with very minute tears towards the edges. General handling wear, areas of dampstaining, largest 5 3/4" x 6" (partially affects signature). Minute area of stick residue to lower left and right, interior of bifolium.