Civil War Confederate Commander General Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) autograph letter

'Headquarters, Army of Northern Virginia, May 7th, 1863, General Order No. 59'

The letter expresses 'heartfelt gratification' for the 'heroic conduct displayed by Officers and Men during the arduous operations' of the Confederate victory at Chancellorsville, near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Lee continues, 'Let us not forget in our rejoicing the brave soldiers who have fallen in defense of their country, and while we mourn their loss, let us resolve to emulate them by example.' The letter concludes with a quotation from a dispatch from Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States, 'as an expression of his appreciation of its success.' Signed, 'R.E Lee Genl.'.

10 in. x 8 in.

Estimate $3,000-5,000

The letter bears the embossed stamp of De La Rue, London, suppliers of stamps and paper supplies to the Confederacy.

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Sold for $4,063 (buyer's premium included)