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William George 14th Virginia Infantry War Date Confederate Letter Home

$275

Item No. AR79931 Category

Description

War date Confederate letter dated January 11, 1862. Two page letter written in ink by a William George while encamped at Camp Curtis, Land’s End, Virginia. The letter is written to his attorney, one Abner W. Stangl in Palmyra, Virginia regarding his farming estate back home. William is giving direction on the sale of his crops, straw, implements and lumber from a partly built barn as he does not believe he will be able to get a substitute and return home. He is also giving directions on the sale on three “Nergo’s” which he hopes to hire out until they are sold. This was most likely written by 30 year old William J. George of Palmyra, Virginia who’s profession was listed as a farmer. William would muster with the 14th Virginia Volunteer Infantry in May, 1861. Coincidently he was discharged for a disability on the 31st of January, not long after writing this letter . One wonders if he may have played possum with an illness in order to return home and tend to these affairs. Showing Confederate ingenuity, this serves as both the envelope and writing paper. Once written, the letter was folded up and made into the envelope. This one does have the rare CSA1 1861 .5 cent Jefferson Davis Confederate stamp in green. The stamp alone is in the range of $250 – $350 by itself in cancelled condition. It’s interesting to note that the Stangl Law Office is still in business in Virginia today!

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