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ROBERT E. LEE(1807 - 1870) Confederate General and commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, arguably the most brilliant commander of field armies in American history. Highly-important, superb-content A.L.S. "R. E. Lee", 1p. 4to., Lexington, Mar. 26, 1869 to William P. Bullock in Fort Laramie, Wyoming. In part: "...I am very much obliged to you for the Beaver robe which you have been so kind as to send me. It is the handsomest fur robe that I have ever seen....protecting me from the wintry winds of our mountains...I sympathized deeply with you & your wife when your brave son fell at the head of his Company under the gallant [J. E. B. ] Stuart, in the struggle of the States for their rights & for Constitutional Government; but he I trust is happy, & I pray you all be united again in Heaven...". This is the first time we have ever encountered Lee making a post-war reference to any Confederate political position, i.e.: "states rights" and the Constitutional right to secede. Indeed, at war's end the ex-general made it a point to never mention pre-war politics in any public utterance or writing! William Bullock (1815-1896) served as a post trader at Fort Laramie, explaining his exotic gift. His son, John Washington Bullock (1840-1863) served as Captain, Co. D, 5th Va. Cavalry and saw action at Seven Pines, the Seven Days and Antietam. During Stuart's raid on Dumfries on Dec. 24, 1862 the young captain was mortally wounded and died the following month. Very good to fine condition.
Estimate $ 12,000-15,000

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