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JAMES A. SEDDON (1815-1880) Confederate Secretary of War from 1862 until February 1865, when he was sacked because of his removal of Johnston at Atlanta. Scarce, fine content war-date L.S. on War Department letterhead, 2pp. 8vo., Richmond, Oct. 5, 1863 to General and South Carolina Gov. Milledge Luke Bonham. In part: "...I have received your letter...relative to the impressment of grain in South Carolina. The Department is always satisfied to receive reports of the action of the agent and will endeavor to correct abuses whenever brought to its attention by responsible parties. Your Excellency's letter, with the enclosures was referred both to the Commissary General and Quarter Master General, former of whom reports his belief that the tithe will not be sufficient for the wants of the Department [in Seddon's hand] [and that he has no alternative but impressment] and the latter, that his agents are not impressing grain in the South...]. Near fine. At this point in the war, state governments were already reining-in their allocations of grains and foodstuffs to the Confederate Government, necessitation impressments which would become only more onerous as the war progressed.
Estimate $ 400-600

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