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Lieutenant William LeRoy Broun of the Virginia Albemarle Light Artillery cover

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War date envelope cover addressed Lieutenant William LeRoy Broun of the Virginia Albemarle Light Artillery. This one is dated August 10, 1861. Broun would be commissioned a lieutenant in July, 1861. He would be in command of the regiment by at least late December, 1861 but presumably he was in command some time before that. In September he would be promoted to lieutenant colonel by Secretary of War Randolph and placed in command of the Richmond Arsenal. He would remain in charge of the Arsenal up until Lee’s surrender. Post war he would serve as the President for Auburn University. There are some other known war date letters written by Broun floating around out there some where. This one was sent to Richmond and then Jamestown. Both of which have been scratched out with a notation reading “No such company at Jamestown”. He was in fact at Yorktown at this time so whether or not this eventually made it to him is unclear. This one is most just the front of the envelope with most of the back missing. Still a rare find.

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