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1865 James Seddon Signed Confederate States of America Letter

Lot Number 1568

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High ranking Confederate States official James A. Seddon (d.1880) put his endorsement on this application rejection letter as the Civil War was coming to a close. In one of his final acts while serving as Secretary of War for the CSA, the native Virginian corresponded with Tennessee Senator Landon C. Haynes regarding the disapproved application of soldier Eli Beaver. Seddon’s distinctive signature shows (“9-10”) potency in bold contrast to the letter’s handwritten contents, which are clearly secretarial in nature. Historians and military buffs will get a charge out of the header of this 5 x 7-1/4” document, which is recorded as “CSA War Dept. Richmond January 26, 1865”. Other interesting aspects are the salutation “Mr. L.C. Haynes CS Senate” and the closing “Very Respectfully James A Seddon Secry. Of War”. The letter itself is appealing, though it shows obvious signs of authentic wear, including several pin-holes in the upper field area and two original period compacting folds, one of which passes through Seddon’s signature without compromising or causing any ink breaks to the bold endorsement. Conflicting dates are given regarding Seddon’s retirement from his position as CSA Secretary of War, with the consensus being 2/5/1865, meaning this letter was signed just ten days prior to his exit from office and three months before the end of the Civil War. Research turned up just one soldier named Eli Beaver, who served in the 48th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry. No authentication due to lack of time and available exemplars.





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