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Thomas J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson Rare Civil War–dated ALS signed

Rare Civil War–dated ALS signed “T. J. Jackson, Lt Genl,” one page, lightly-lined, 4.5 x 7.75, March 14, 1863. Letter to Brigadier General Robert H. Chilton. In full: “Please have two of Anderson’s Brigades moved up to the U. S. ford as soon as the roads will permit. And have such disposition made of them as will be best calculated to prevent the enemy from crossing the Rappahannock. I hope to move my Hd. Qrs near you on next Monday.” A tiny tear to the left edge repaired with tape to reverse and a few creases, otherwise fine condition.

Jackson did indeed relocate his headquarters just after sending this letter, shifting from Moss Neck to Hamilton’s Crossing near Fredericksburg. The directives outlined here set the stage for the Battle of Chancellorsville, which would take place the following month. By moving two of Anderson’s brigades to guard the ford, Jackson hoped to prevent Joseph Hooker’s Union Army of the Potomoc from crossing the Rappahannock River. At the end of April, however, the federal troops managed to cross Rapidan, a tributary of the Rappahannock, into Confederate territory at the end of April. Anderson was dispatched to Chancellorsville to intervene, where he was was joined by the two brigades that Jackson had sent to guard the United States Ford in this letter. On May 1, the armies clashed in what would become one of the bloodiest battles of the war. The following day, Jackson would lead his Second Corps of 28,000 men to attack the Union right flank, catching them by surprise; it was a Pyrrhic victory, however, as Jackson was mistakenly shot by his own men and died of complications a week later. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.


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Thomas J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson Scarce ALS Signed

Scarce ALS signed “T. J. Jackson, Bvt. Maj. Infty,” one lightly-lined light blue page, 8 x 9.75, July 31, 1851. Jackson, then on vacation in upstate New York, writes to General R. Jones. In full: “I have in compliance with the wish of the Superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute postponed my visit to Europe. As he informed me that the Department has authorised him to say to me, that I could use my leave of absence as I might prefer. I shall be in Washington by the 10th of next month.” In fine, clean condition, with horizontal mailing fold passing through rank beneath signature, some wrinkling along the upper horizontal fold, and a tiny chip to left edge affecting nothing. Jackson was in upstate New York at the time seeking treatment for a chronic stomach ailment by a physician whom he had recently met. The physician, Lowery Barney, changed his diet and placed him on an exercise regimen. Barney also introduced Jackson to hydropathy, which used only cold water as a medical treatment. Incidentally, as referenced in this letter, Jackson did eventually join VMI as a member of its faculty, where he was an unpopular teacher whose methods were said to lack originality. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.


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RR Auctions Thomas J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson War-dated endorsement

RR Auctions Thomas J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson

War-dated endorsement, signed “T. J. Jackson,” on an off-white 3.25 x 2 lightly-lined slip, clipped from a larger document. Endorsement reads, “Hd Qrs 2d Army Corps, April 21, 1863, Res forwarded & Apprd,” signed underneath by Jackson as Lieutenant General. Endorsement is affixed to the reverse of a 4 x 2.25 original carte-de-visite portrait of Jackson, identified as Jackson in another hand in the lower border. Uniform moderate toning, scattered soiling, and light show-through from writing on reverse, otherwise very good condition. Accompanied by a second carte-de-visite portrait, also identified as Jackson in another hand in the lower border. On the night of May 2, 1863, just 11 days after signing this note, at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Jackson was mistakenly shot by his own men. After developing pneumonia, he died on the afternoon of May 10, 1863. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.


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