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ROBERT E. LEE1807 - 1870) Confederate General and commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, arguably the most brilliant commander of field armies in American history. Important war-date manuscript L.S. "R. E. Lee", 2pp. 4to., Richmond, May 13, 1862 to Georgia Gov. Joseph E. Brown clearly showing the intense animosity between the central Confederate government in Richmond and Brown, who was determined to retain as much of the states armed forces and material under state control as possible, all resulting in a potential disaster for a Georgia regiment. Obviously "walking on eggshells", Lee writes, in part: "...You suppose it was intended by me to take possession of certain Enfield rifles received by the [blockade runner] Nashville. The cargo of the Nashville was saved with much difficulty and brought to Wilmington at a time when it was believed from the movements of Genl. Burnside...that he was preparing to attack...The whole cargo was reported as belonging to the C.S. and was forwarded here except certain arms issued to the troops at Goldsboro...orders were given for a certain number to be given to Genl. Kirby Smith Knoxville for the armament of the Georgia regiments, sent by your Excy. to that place...12 of the boxes were marked with your initials...intended for the State of Georgia...As you had been obliged to send these troops from the state unarmed...I believed that would be the destination you would give them...I should have forbidden their leaving the city you had been heard from. I will now direct that they be sent through Chattanooga to Milledgeville and request Genl. Smith to telegraph to you the time of their departure. I exceedingly regret that my misapprehension of your Excy['s] intention especially as I have no other arms to issue to the Ga. Regts. in their stead...". Docket on verso traverses a few lines of text, two small holes in text affect a few words, with mounting remnants at very top of second page affecting nothing, typical toning and folds, else very good. In essence, Brown's insistence of total control over Georgia's arms (or his demand for arms for use of his own guard) resulted in a regiment of Georgia soldiers being left defenseless!
Estimate $ 7,000-9,000

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