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BRYAN GRIMES(1828 - 1880) Confederate major general and the last such appointed in Lee's army, he participated in nearly all of the A.N.V.'s battles, including Gettysburg, and commanded one of the last attacks on the day of surrender at Appomattox. Very rare, fine content war-date A.L.S. "Bryan Grimes Col. 4th N.C. State Troops", 3pp. sm. 4to., "Camp near Fredericksburg", Apr. 15, 1863 to Mrs. A. R. Simonton, the widow of Maj. Absalom K. Simonton, also of the 4th N.C. Grimes is angered at the rumors surrounding his ex-officers death at Seven Pines, in part: "...A rumor has been whisperingly circulated in your vicinity, well calculated to do serious and lasting injury, to the fair fame and good name of my recent compatriot in arms, your highly esteemed husband...I hasten to assure you of their baseness and falsehood. Grievous indeed must have been your loss, when in addition to grief you had to encounter this vile and contemptible effort to troden [?] the character of a soldier who died in the full discharge of his duty on the field of battle...in my estimation (and I was within six feet of him when the fatal shot did its cruel work) that no better or braver soldier fell on the bloody battle of 'Seven Pines', and in his death this Regiment sustained a great and irreparable loss. If his white livered and foul mouthed slanderers at home had been as patriotic and [?] their duty even half as much, the condition of affairs would have very different indeed...". Sold with a war-date D.S., 1p. 8vo., [n.p.], May 19, 1862 (twelve days before his death), signed by a surgeon indicating that Simonton: "...is much enfeebled by diarrhea...I think it imprudent for him to return to picket duty...", also with a partly-printed pass issued by the Western North Carolina Raid Road issued to Simonton (possibly made out in his hand), good for the year 1862. Three pieces, very good. Absalom K. Simonton, born 1835, was mustered into Co. A of the 4th N.C. Infantry on May 16, 1861 and was killed in action at Seven Pines on May 31, 1862. In his short term of service, he was promoted to Major of the "Iredell Blues" and transferred to Field & Staff. Although his promotion is listed as May 1, 1862, apparently it went into effect on the day he died.
Estimate $ 4,000-5,000

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