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JAMES PATTON ANDERSON(1822 - 1872) Confederate major general who led a daring charge to capture Union artillery at Stones River, he also led a division at Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge. Fine content war-date A.L.S. "Patton Anderson" as major general, 3pp. 4to., Headquarters, Lake City, Fla., May 27, 1864 to Col. John B. Sale in Richmond concerning soldiers under his command, their disposition, and guards at Andersonville Prison. In part: "... Yours of May 6th calling upon me to make report as early as practicable, 'suggesting a proper union of Battalion & Companies throughout my command (designating them) into Regiments, and that I recommend Field Officers' &c only reached me last night...All of these organizations have been recently sent to Va. having been thrown together as a Brigade and Brig. Genl. Finegan assigned to the command. I cannot urge too strongly the amalgamation or consolidation of these Battalions into Regiments. As they are their inefficiency and rant of instruction is lamentable! I have had but little opportunity of learning the relative capacities, qualifications and military merits of the Field officers now on commission, but believe that but few of them have the necessary qualifications. Lt. Col. Theodore W. Brevard 2nd Batt. is the only one I can recommend on my own knowledge. He will make a fine Colonel, if his command is only kept in the field and away from the immediate neighborhood of the homes of the men. Lt. Thomas E. Buckman whom I have recommended for the Lt. Colonelcy of the (proposed) 9th Reg. is and has been for some time Chief Ordinance officer in this District. In the discharge of his duties he has evinced great activity, energy good sense, and business qualifications. Not having seen him in any other capacity, of course, I only infer that he would make a good field officer...troops should not be permitted to serve within their own state. This applies with equal force to Officers and men. (I ought never to have been sent to Florida!) About a month ago I recd a telegraphic dispatch from Gen. Cooper directing me to send Gambles Battery to Andersonville to guard Yankee prisons. This was the only Battery in the District thoroughly equipped & fit for active field service at the time, and there were these other Batteries in the District without horses or harness &c either of which could have done the service as well indeed better for Gambles horses are in the way at Andersonville...I think it would be well to send Gambles Battery to Genl. Johnston and let me supply its place at Andersonville...". More fine content! Last page mounted and a small repaired tear to extreme right margin of first page, otherwise very good.
Estimate $ 2,000-3,000

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