Very Rare 1863 Civil War Confederate Document, Signed By A.r. Lawton
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Very Rare 1863 Civil War Confederate Document, Signed By A.r. Lawton :
VERY RARE! 1863 CIVIL WAR CONFEDERATE DOCUMENT, Signed by A.R. LAWTON
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A rare Confederate document!
Up for sale is a very rare Civil War Confederate Authority to Impress document, signed by Confederate Quarter Master General A.R. Lawton, sent to Richard Joseph Adams of the 7th Florida Infantry. Also included is the cover envelope that it was sent in.
The document reads:
"AUTHORITY TO IMPRESS
CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA
QUARTERMASTER GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Richmond, Dec 16 1863
Under the authority of an act of Congress passed March 26th, 1863, and General Orders from the War Department, you are hereby designated as one of the Officers or Agents of this Department, empowered to impress Army Supplies. You will be careful to observe strictly the requirements of the law reffered to and its amendments, as also the General Orders and Regulations of this Office based thereon. A printed copy of the same is enclosed for your instruction.
Your obedient servant,
Approximate dimensions of the letter: 8-1/8" x 10-1/2"
Envelope: 5-3/8" x 3-1/8"
Condition: There are creases and some wear to the edges. Please see the photos for additional details and the most accurate description of its condition.
Alexander Robert Lawton (November 4, 1818 – July 2, 1896) was a lawyer, politician, diplomat, and brigadier general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.
Early lifeLawton was born in the Beaufort District of South Carolina. He was the son of Alexander James Lawton and Martha Mosse. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1839, placing 13th out of 31 in his class. He served as a second lieutenant in the 1st U.S. Artillery until resigning his commission in 1840 to study law. He attended the Harvard Law School, graduating in 1842. He settled in Savannah, Georgia, and entered the fields of law, railroad administration and state politics.
Civil WarLawton favored Georgia's secession and became colonel of the 1st Georgia Volunteers. He commanded the Savannah troops that seized Fort Pulaski, the first conflict of the war in Georgia. He was commissioned a brigadier general in the Confederate Army on April 13, 1861, and commanded the forces guarding Georgia's seacoast before being reassigned to Virginia. He led his brigade effectively during Stonewall Jackson's Shenandoah Valley Campaign, the Seven Days Battles, and the Second Battle of Bull Run (Second Manassas). His last field service was at the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg), where he commanded the division of the wounded Maj. Gen. Richard S. Ewell. Lawton was seriously wounded early in the morning of September 17, 1862, while defending his portion of the Army of Northern Virginia's line. Initially carried from the field to a temporary hospital, he spent months at home recuperating.
In August 1863, Lawton became the Confederacy's second Quartermaster General. Although he brought energy and resourcefulness to the position, he was unable to solve the problem of material shortages and poorly-regulated railroads.
Postbellum careerIn the years after the Civil War, Lawton became increasingly important as a political figure in Georgia, serving in various administrative posts. He lost the 1880 election for the U.S. Senate in an election which seemed to represent a victory of the "New South" over the "Old South." He was chosen President of the American Bar Association in 1882. Five years later, he was appointed Minister to Austria-Hungary and left that post in 1889. Lawton died in Clifton Springs, New York.
Richard J. Adams (Born in Cavendish, Vermont May 3, 1833 - Died November 19, 1833 in Palatka, Florida)came to Palatka, Florida in October of 1856 to assist his Brother in Law, Hubbard H. Hart on his Stage Line from Palatka to Tampa. When the war began, he joined Norton's Company at Palatka, but was immediately detached as Wagon Master. He was transferred to Company H. Second Florida Calvary when the Norton Company went to Virginia. He later served in the 7th Florida Infantry Regiment.
He hauled mostly Blockage Goods to Lake City, but was present at St. Johns Bluff, where he saved his wagon when the Confederates retreated. He arrived at Olustee the day after that battle to assist with the wounded. He hauled machinery from the Federal Gun Boat Columbine to Lake City after it was captured by Capt. Dickenson near Horse Landing. The Columbine was then burned to prevent re-capture by the Federals.
The immediate superiors at Lake City were Capt. R.R. Reid and Maj. H.R. Teasdale.
Adams was Captain on Hart Line Beats after the war until he married Emily F. Adams from Shady Dale, Ga. on September 21st, 1869, then in business for himself. They had one child, Richard F. Adams.
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