George E. Pickett - Autograph Letter Signed 07/19/1864
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George E. Pickett - Autograph Letter Signed 07/19/1864:
MAJOR GENERAL GEORGE E. PICKETT - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/19/1864 GENERAL GEORGE EDWARD PICKETT This remarkable letter was written by the Confederate Civil War General in pencil to his wife LaSalle "Sallie" Corbell. In this letter, he asks about his baby's health and family expenses and pours out his heart to his wife Autograph letter signed "George" in pencil. 2 pages, 8x9¾, 1 sheet, front and verso, ruled paper. Two small doodles at top edge of page 1. Dated "Tuesday/19th July". In Full: "I wrote my precious by [illegible] who has Ihope [sic] delivered the credentials. Charlie got a wire from sister God bless her who says you & Lizzie were just as I left you - I was very much in hopes my darling would be better, but I can at any rate Thank God she is no worse. There are no two consecutive moments of the day that I am not thinking of you. Please darling of my heart, ask them whoever writes to tell me whether the little baby has had its tongue cut and whether it gets its nourishment from its own good Mama - And also to tell me whether my baby still has those miserable pains which she had yesterday. Oh dearest keep quiet like a good sweet Sallie. And you will get well so much sooner - and then - Darling I wrote a letter to Milligan, about staring a courier towards Nasemond will get reply by to night [sic] - Have written [illegible] to send a letter to your Papa & 'Mama' - also one to Grandmama, also one to Col Phillips. What are the initials of Grandmama? How much money have you still in bank - 20,000? pretty one, I ask because I have just gotten a statement of differences from [illegible]. Anderson - and want to draw out of bank whatever may be necessary for your expenses, before calling on him. As, I find I [illegible] drawn [illegible] Estate more heavily than [illegible]. - I can place more to your credit you know pretty one, and I prefer this way of doing it - that is to say not draw on the Estate at present. I have plenty outside of that (100000). It is raining gloriously to day [sic], and I am in hope the change in the weather will be beneficial to you - Please my own wife let me know of everything about you - Poor Sis is too sick to write much. Ask Aunt [illegible] just to write two lines - about your health, I know I ought not to ask her either as she has four babies at least to take care of. Bye Bye with best love to my Aunts Lizzie and Sister - Kiss little George for his Papa , but dont [sic] exert yourself my own precious lily (aint you?) Ever & 'for ever' Your devoted husband". "Sallie" is LaSalle Corbell (1843-1931), Pickett's third wife. They married in 1863. She later became a popular writer and lecturer and published several books on her husband, including Pickett and His Men (1899), The Heart of a Soldier, As Revealed in the Intimate Letters of Gen'l George E. Pickett (1913) and Soldier of the South: General Pickett's War Letters to His Wife (1928), and was largely responsible for the postbellum view of Pickett as a perfect Southern gentleman. The verity of these biographies is considered questionable at best. The military career of Confederate general George Edward Pickett (1825-1875) started auspiciously enough. He graduated from West Point in 1846 at the bottom of his class of 59 men. Pickett went on to lead admirably in the Mexican-American War and gained fame as the first American soldier to reach the top of wall of Chapultepec Castle during the Battle of Chapultepec (September 12 to 13, 1847). He also briefly crossed paths with future Union general Winfield Scott Hancock, challenging him to a duel. Luckily for both, duels had become scarcer and scarcer and Hancock declined the duel. Pickett is best known for Pickett's Charge, a disastrous assault on General George Meade's positions along Cemetery Ridge at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. While Pickett is not responsible for the planning of the offensive, he was one of three generals who led it. Generals J. Johnston Pettigrew and Isaac R. Trimble led the central and left charges, while Pickett led one to the right. Over 12,000 Confederate soldiers took part in Pickett's Charge and half of them were wounded or killed. This strategic error is considered one of the nails in the coffin for the Confederate Army, depleting morale and significantly reducing the Army's population. He was later defeated at the Battle of Five Forks (April 1, 1865), which culminated in General Robert E. Lee's surrender eight days later. Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Tape repairs, holes and separations touch body of letter and signature. Show-through touches body of letter and signature. Rust stain on page 2 touches body of letter but not signature. Tears, chipping and separations along edges. Missing top corners and bottom left corner. Folded in half horizontally and twice vertically. Otherwise in fine condition. Very fragile.
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