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(1815-1873) Confederate lieutenant general who led his corps at Shiloh and Atlanta, and attempted to halt Sherman's March to the Sea. Fine content war-date A.L.S. as major general, 1p. 4to., Tupelo, July 21, 1862 in which Hardee makes an effort to have a P.O.W. captain, a brother of a Confederate officer, cared for and possibly paroled. In part: "...I rec'd yesterday a telegram from Major N. P. Chambliss who is at Gainesville, requesting me to telegraph the President to permit a friend to see his brother, and to put his brother on parole until he recovers from his wound. I did not want to trouble the President...[I chose to] write you and request you, if possible, to see Capt. Chambliss 2nd. U.S. Cavalry, and to provide as far as possible...for his comfort. The Major is an officer of merit & character...At last, the movement on Chattanooga has been resolved...". The recipient's name has been excised from the lower-left corner, else very good. Capt. William P. Chambliss was indeed paroled and would survive the war, serving in the army until 1886. We were not able to locate a "N. P. Chambliss", but one "N. R. Chambliss" enlisted as a major and served as a staff officer, but his fate is unknown.
Estimate $ 600-800

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